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
Answer by catchatyou · Jan 04, 2013 at 03:34 AM
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 Â£480, and the maximum is really infinite, but I could realistically see you spending just a slight bit over Â£500.
I did not include the operating system costs into it, so you'd be looking at an increase of Â£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.