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    hi all, its been a while.
    i'm horribly out of date, can someone give me a quick run down of current pc specs? whats best?

    my vid card overheated and died, and being AGP (yes its that old!) it time for an upgrade.
    btw i've dragged out my old GF3 orginal which i had in my early days here. got it fired up and running at the mo. a classic

    looking for mobo, cpu, ssd drive, psu, ram, vid. have plenty of hard drives tho new dvd may be in order as its pata.
    only playing older games and more interested in video. old vid card had issues with HD video.
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    Whats the budget? Dont think you can get socket 775 now. So, it's either AMD, socket 1150, or socket 1155

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    A good mid specced PC for general purpose & gaming would be;

    i5 - any desktop version
    8 Gb of RAM (16 if you think it worthwhile)
    650 ti Boost (or whatever the AMD equivalent currently is)
    120 Gb or bigger SSD - I like the samsung/cucial/ intel ones

    Stick with the better brands for reliability - asus/ gigabyte/ asrock/ evga
    and use a quality PSU - corsair, antec, silverstone, seasonic, etc - about 500W would be fine for that hardware, go to 650 if you want some headroom.

    If you have money left to spend go for a better graphics card first for gaming or a higher model CPU for everything else. A GTX 760 is all the graphics card any single monitor gamer would currently need so somewhere between the 650 ti boost and that is the area to aim for. I wouldn't go any lower for that the 650 Ti personally.
    Ryzen 2700X, 16Gb DDR4RAM, 512GB M.2 NVME SSD, MSI GTX1070

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    Quote Originally Posted by Speedy Gonzales View Post
    Whats the budget? Dont think you can get socket 775 now. So, it's either AMD, socket 1150, or socket 1155
    probably looking around $1000 or so.
    whats the current onboard graphics like these days?

    i've always had AMD, maybe a time for a change
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    Go intel - The onboard graphics these days are far superior to what they used to be - in fact unless you do higher powered graphic work or serious gaming the onboard will be fine.

    You can always add in a graphic card at a later date if its required for more serious work.

    The latest intel 1150 will be far better than AMD's.

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    Entry-level, Intel and AMD CPUs are much of a muchness, but once you're looking at an i5 or above, AMD can't keep pace. However, AMDs integrated graphics are lightyears ahead of Intels, so it depends what suits your needs. Something like an AMD A10-6800K will smash the pants of something like an i3-4130/4330 in any GPU intensive situation (assuming using integrated GPU in both cases). But if it's CPU performance you need (or you expect to go to a discrete GPU soonish), Intel, no question.
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    i forgot about good old windows?
    whats best go straight for win8 ? pro?

    very roughly what i'm looking at ....

    Asus Z87-Plus Motherboard, Socket 1150, Intel Z87, 4xDDR3, 3xPCIe-16, 2xPCIe-1, VGA, DVI, HDMI, RAID, ATX
    Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4 GHz, Socket 1150, Haswell
    Intel 520 Series Solid State Drive, 120GB, SATA 6 Gb/s, 2.5", MLC, 25nm
    Kingston HyperX KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX, 2x4GB, DDR3-1600, PC3-12800, CL9, DIMM
    Enermax Tomahawk II ENP500AST, 500W ATX PSU, Black
    Microsoft Windows 8, for 64-bit systems, OEM

    anything not compatible ?
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    Re windows 8 Version -- you dont really need Pro for a home user. You can compare editions here or a more simplified version/list here ( it lists upgrades but the full versions are the same)

    The parts you listed would make make windows 8 run very nicely .

    If you want an example, I got several PC's I'm building at the moment, all the same.

    They have gigabyte boards ( GA-B85M-D3H), with i5 4430 (3.0Ghz) cpu, 8 GB RAM, standard HDD 1TB's ( SSD will be faster) Same Power Supply you listed.

    They have a rating of 5.9 ( see Picture below) the HDD is the Bottle neck other wise its over all rating would be higher.

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    These computers start - from the time of pressing the "on" button to a workable Windows 8 start page 13 seconds (just timed two of them both the same) Thats running Nod32 as the AV.
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    Looks good, you're probably aware the "K" CPU's are for overclocking so only get it if that's something you want otherwise it's a waste.
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    whats the S version cpu? low wattage and slower clock speed, is that a mobile version?
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