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i've been changing my set up of late by selling off my Retina Macbook Pro and going for a 2012 Macbook Air with a gaming PC both hooked up to a monitor which for now will have to be my 42inch 3D TV until i can pick one up. I managed to win a new 2012 Macbook Air on eBay which arrived today at a great price but after new years, totalling up my Christmas expenditure and now having to replace my acoustic guitar my budget has very much been squeezed :p I'm trying to find a i5 gaming PC i can buy or components for one that would work for me including looking for them on auctions off eBay but i don't think i'd be able to do what i need within my budget. So would a cheaper AMD build do the trick for gaming, recording perhaps with fraps, editing video and acting as a server for Minecraft while in play with a couple of friends? If it'll handle the gaming side but not so much the recording or video then i don't think i'll go for one.

If it is however if anyone can recommend a good AMD build within my budget that would be appreciated as i've only used intel with nVidia graphics before in my previous computers

asked Jan 03 '13 at 12:43

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First, we need to know your budget, and then we can help you formulate a parts list.

AMD CPUs are just as capable as Intel's CPUs, so being able to handle gaming while recording is irrelevant.

(Jan 03 '13 at 13:28) catchatyou catchatyou's gravatar image

budget is up to £500

(Jan 03 '13 at 13:32) mutley2209 mutley2209's gravatar image

Thanks, I live in the US, so I'll do my best to formulate components on the Amazon.co.uk store if that's okay.

(Jan 03 '13 at 13:43) catchatyou catchatyou's gravatar image

thank you! :)

(Jan 03 '13 at 13:45) mutley2209 mutley2209's gravatar image

Just a heads up, I have to go to work soon, so I probably won't be able to finish until tonight (which will be early morning your time). I'm telling you this so you don't stay up all night waiting for a reply!

(Jan 03 '13 at 13:48) catchatyou catchatyou's gravatar image

ok cheers, it's a big help!

(Jan 03 '13 at 13:52) mutley2209 mutley2209's gravatar image
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http://pcpartpicker.com is a great website, as you can build your own PC there, and it automatically looks for the best deals online (you can buy them there as well)

answered Jan 03 '13 at 13:55

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edited Jan 03 '13 at 13:58

Well, I've put many hours into this, and I hope that this will give you a good guideline on what parts I think you should get to get the most out of your money. I was able to meet the budget, but I gave you many choices to make, so the price will vary. About the minimum that you'll be paying is £480, and the maximum is really infinite, but I could realistically see you spending just a slight bit over £500.

I did not include the operating system costs into it, so you'd be looking at an increase of £70 for Windows 8. Personally, I think that you should use Linux. Now that Steam has come over, you should start seeing a lot more games being developed for Linux. You also have Wine to run games.

Another benefit to Linux is the speed. Most Linux distributions will give you much faster FPS in games compared to Windows assuming that you have the best drivers installed. To my understanding, you will be playing Minecraft with friends, so Linux would be perfect since Minecraft runs on Java. I've played Minecraft on Linux, and it works great.

The only area of concern that I have is with screen recording. There is "GTK record my desktop" (or something like that), but from my experience, it hasn't produced very good results. There is another popular choice that many Linux users use called FFMpeg. It is terminal based, so you will have to be comfortable using a command line to record your desktop, but I've heard that the results are great!

I do want to throw all possibilities out there, so you might be able to get Windows through, well...Argh!, but I don't recommend it, and I'm not even sure if it's available that way. I'd much rather go with Linux than an illegal way.

Well, I think I've covered all of the bases, so to see the parts list, please click on the link below. Please feel free to ask any questions.


answered Jan 04 '13 at 01:34

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that's brilliant thanks so much! my brother has a Windows 7 key i can use (legit) so i'll use that as i've never used Linux before, also how about the HD 7770 2gb for a graphics card as they average about £115 but i might be able to get one at a lower price on eBay?

(Jan 04 '13 at 08:46) mutley2209 mutley2209's gravatar image

Graphics cards are all personal preference I guess. They're both great cards, and if you can find a great deal on one or the other, go for it! Also, if you have any computer stores nearby, check to see if they have anything available. You might be able to snag one of these cards for under £100!

(Jan 04 '13 at 13:21) catchatyou catchatyou's gravatar image

i'd looked at a GTX 660 before and i'd not seen it at the prices you'd found it at, cheapest i think i found it at was £160! Will look for some bench mark comparison between the two :) cheers for the help!!

(Jan 04 '13 at 13:48) mutley2209 mutley2209's gravatar image

I linked to GTX 650TIs. It's not quite the 660, but still far better than the 650.

(Jan 04 '13 at 15:32) catchatyou catchatyou's gravatar image
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