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  • New i5 Build

    My current PC is 7 years old and in need of upgrading; so I am considering a new build.

    Main use will be for gaming, I play mostly role-play and action-adventure games such as Skyrim, Assassinís Creed, Deus-Ex, Batman Arkham. It will also be used for browsing and basic office functions.

    Although I donít intend to overclock I have gone for the 6600K CPU/Z-170 motherboard combination for future consideration and have selected the M2 SSD to accompany the motherboard. The smaller SSD will have the operating system (I have a genuine Windows 7 Pro licence) on it and a few programs, the larger SSD will be for games and the mechanical drive for storage.

    I have put together a build on this wishlist https://www.aria.co.uk/WishList/-ctDL9XAtnj_i96_Sd9aIQ,, and would welcome thoughts and suggestions regarding compatibility and recommendations.

    Thanks
    John

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    nothing wrong with it dude, but i think for that money i would spend it a little different.

    i would swap out the smaller ssd, the gpu and ram for these.

    https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Stor...roductId=66745

    https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Comp...roductId=66536

    https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Comp...roductId=64809

    if you wanted to stretch the budget a little swap the gpu for one with 8gb of vram like this. it would serve you well, longer.

    https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Comp...roductId=66373
    "Those able to see beyond the shadows and lies of their culture will never be understood, let alone believed, by the masses."
    Plato

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    • #3
      Originally posted by luke22 View Post
      nothing wrong with it dude, but i think for that money i would spend it a little different.

      i would swap out the smaller ssd, the gpu and ram for these.

      https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Stor...roductId=66745

      https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Comp...roductId=66536

      https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Comp...roductId=64809

      if you wanted to stretch the budget a little swap the gpu for one with 8gb of vram like this. it would serve you well, longer.

      https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Comp...roductId=66373
      Thanks for the reply and recommendations Luke.

      I had meant to spec a pci-e ssd and the faster ram is a no-brainer; but I had to think about the AMD cards. I have been with team green for the last few years, previously having a 3850 which served me well. One issue I have had with Nvidia cards has been the graphics drivers, how are the AMD drivers? AMD cards also have a reputation of running hotter and noisier than Nvidia cards, is this deserved?

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      • #4
        i don't think either side is free from problems with drivers. both release new cores and hope to not cause too much head ache to those on older cards, but it happens. i have been running gpu from both sides, side by side, for over 4 years now. i have had more issues with the nvidia drivers than the amd, but it really does come down to the cards and each different driver revision.

        i think with the latest cards that is something which is now reversed, amd on the smaller 14nm fab run cooler while nvidia draw a little bit less power. nvidia have a slight advantage in power efficiency, but that lead is slashed by dx12 and vulcan as it was done to maximise dx11 performance. it is also a design policy of the 2 companies. nvidia are currently pushing their cores much closer to their limits, both in terms of voltage and cooling while amd seem to be playing it very safe. think high revving bwm v8 vs the slow lazy mustang v8. both throw out 500bhp+ but they both get it from totally different ways

        dx12 and vulcan are really the main reasons i think amd is the way to go today. nvidia still do not have a fully fledged compliant core, offloading parts to the cpu which makes their "support" pointless. all amd gpu from the last 3 years already support it and are seeing gains from 25/35%.
        "Those able to see beyond the shadows and lies of their culture will never be understood, let alone believed, by the masses."
        Plato

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