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Originally Posted by sotu1"Windows 7 "
Either you really believe in Win 7 or you didn't update this. And I genuinely don't know your advice here!
Originally Posted by Combatus...addons such as Start8 do make it much more user friendly in a desktop environment.
Originally Posted by MeanmotionOur regular guide
Originally Posted by thogilThe start screen in windows 8.1 is far better than the start menu in windows 7, due to a superior search system. What with search being the only reason you would ever open the start menu since Vista, I'm not sure why you would want to downgrade to Start8.
There really is not much in it, so much that its hard to recommend paying for an upgrade, but there are a few minor improvements (multi monitor taskbar and wallpaper, file copy pausing, task manager, native zip and iso opening, etc), and literally no disadvantages.
Originally Posted by deathtaker27http://www.scan.co.uk/products/gigabyte-ga-z68ap-d3-intel-z68-s-1155-ddr3-sata-iii-6gb-s-sata-raid-pcie-20-%28x16%29-atx
your affordable motherboard is eol...
Originally Posted by loftieCorrect me if I'm wrong, but isn't the 670 faster than the 760? And considering it's £200 - or below if it's on offer like it is now on overclockers and probably scan too - would it not be the better choice? Assuming of course they don't all vanish.
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Originally Posted by roundyzWhats premium about this "8GB 1,600MHz DDR3" ? Its the same as the others..
Originally Posted by HustlerThe AMD FX 6300/6350 is a far better CPU than that i3 for the affordable all rounder, even though they're slower per core, 6 of them at 4GHZ or more will be far more useful over the next few years in games and apps.
Especially with all the multi-core console ports that will be incoming from 2014 onwards..
Originally Posted by CombatusFunny you should mention that - I did nearly put it in! I think the margin is pretty slim though - it's down to 1-2fps in many of our benchmarks and as you say you're essentially relying on flash sales of the 670 to bring it down under £200, whereas the 760 is regularly available for under £190 which for this guide is what you want really. However if you can find one for for £180 or less it might be worth considering, but then the GTX 760 is also a pretty good overclocker, especially the MSI Twin Frozr we looked at recently.
Originally Posted by Harlequindo I even need to click it to know intel have bought and paid for another BT article....
£400 would get you a mini itx A10 based gaming rig or are you still `recommending` £1000 itx kit??
Originally Posted by teppicLots of people have bought that cheap Z68 board on new stock with a BIOS that doesn't support Ivy bridge. It's a poor recommendation. An FX-6300 would have been far better -- some newer games require 4 cores to be playable in any reasonable way too, and this is only going to continue. tomshardware has a recent article saying the very same.
Originally Posted by CombatusWell that's why we're saying to check first, we can't be fairer than that, especially when this great board is so cheap :D We'll certainly look at the possibility of including AMD's new CPUs when we've tested them, but don't forget the Core i3-3220 does have hyper-threading so it has two physical cores and two virtual ones so it will be fairly capable in multi-threaded programs compared to cheaper Intel CPUs.
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