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Originally Posted by confusisIn the affordable, wouldnt a Phenom 840 and AM3+ board be a better and cheaper option? AM3+ = more future proof than Intel's flavour of the week sockets, and the Phenom 840 (even w/out l3 cache) performs pretty much equally as well as the core i3 2100, and is a quad core?
Originally Posted by Sentinel-R1Yes, but not as future proof as the intel option. With this one, drop in a 2500k when you have the cash and you're nicely upgraded. In fact, add another 460 for £120 and you've got a very good gaming machine.
Originally Posted by confusisOr, with socket am3+ (like i said in my post) you have at least a year, maybe two of upgrade life..remember bulldozer is coming out soon?.. intel changes sockets like they change their underwear
Originally Posted by xaser04Buyers guide looks good this time around. Bit have finally adjusted the pricing on the affordable all rounder to better reflect the GPU and memory pricing.
One critism though is the PSU. It might be excellent but £75 is too much for a 525w PSU especially considering the excellent Corsair TXV2 650w can be had for £10 less.....
It is also too expensive considering the build it is going in (£500 all in). If you dropped the PSU to something like the BeQuiet L7 530w (~£42) and dropped the cpu cooler entirely you could squeeze a Core i5 2500k in the system. Increase the budget a small amount and the cpu cooler can also be added back.
Originally Posted by ArticleThis month weve made a couple of significant changes to the spec of our Affordable All-Rounder. First of these is a change in motherboard, as we (rightly) took some stick in the comments thread of our last buyer's guide for recommending an H67-based motherboard. This was done to keep the price of the build down and the chipsets lack of overclocking didnt matter too much, given that were also recommending a processor that cant overclock. Realistically, though, using an H67 board overly limits your upgrade options, as youll never have the option to slap in a K-series CPU and go overclock happy.
Originally Posted by MaverickWillAt the risk of coming across as slightly arrogant, I think the ball has been somewhat dropped by the Bit-Tech boys, with regards to the Affordable All-Rounder. Changing out the Pentium for the i3-2100 is a bit of a sideways step (I'd normally stick to overclocking-friendly parts on budget builds to eke out that lovely performance), but understandable if an upgrade path is desired.
And then it gets a swift kick to the chops by using an H67 motherboard. Really, guys? You recommend an upgrade path through LGA1155 with ZERO chance of using the i5-2500K? To add insult to injury, you take one of the most frugally-powered desktop chips on the planet, and attach a Freezer 7 Pro. For the extra £15, you could have a P67 motherboard, right?
Originally Posted by jakall78The video cards are all Nvidia - this is a joke, AMD is out of business or what???
Originally Posted by rolloJudging by the release of this bulldozer must perform pretty badly as its less than a week away acording to most sources so is this bit tech jumping the gun or have you actually got the performance stats that show it is not a great success.
or is it just hugely overpriced for the performance it offers which would be a huge shock.
Originally Posted by confusisOr, with socket am3+ you have at least a year, maybe two of upgrade life..remember bulldozer is coming out soon?.. intel changes sockets like they change their underwear
Originally Posted by murrayntLooks better that last month I must say. Only thing that caught my eye was a 75 pounds PSU for a budget build. Reducing that to a 450 corsair could allow alot of people to squeeze in a quad core
Originally Posted by rollo
Judging by the release of this bulldozer must perform pretty badly as its less than a week away acording to most sources so is this bit tech jumping the gun or have you actually got the performance stats that show it is not a great success.
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