£500 Gaming PC

Hey guys, this is a build for my gf (finally she's ordering the parts)

My biggest problem is that the i3 says dispatched between 1 to 2 months on Amazon, is it worth going for something like the AMD x4 Athlon 860k or what shall we do?

Also any major/minor upgrades are encouraged

PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/smD89W8
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/smD89W/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor (£92.91 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Asus H110M-PLUS Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard (£53.24 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Crucial 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory (£25.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: A-Data Premier SP550 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£35.21 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon RX 480 4GB NITRO+ 4G Video Card (£199.99 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Corsair SPEC-01 ATX Mid Tower Case (£47.64 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£47.59 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £502.57
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

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What I would do if you cant go for the i3 processor and it says it will take 2 months to be shipped I would look into waiting a bit and just saving for an i5 locked processor. I wouldn't go with AMD until zen is released.

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yeah, the set up looks solid, and the mobo will allow for more ram and a beefier processor down the line. The transit time sucs, but switching CPU would also mean a new motherboard, and AMD doesn't support DDR4 yet, so ram would need replacing rather than adding to... (my 2 pence)

rosewill is a better psu manufacturer. this one is .65 cheaper with more wattage. also if you get a slightly cheaper case like
you can afford

Please, DON'T. Get a 500W minimum at bronze level or higher. Better yet lessen your gpu to a RX 470/460 because you won't get the best out of gaming with a dual core cpu.

This just isn't true Wan6Saber, a lot of games (including AAA titles like GTA 5) have very similar performance with the i3 and the i5.

Go look at the benchmarks.

I don't think an extra £50-100 justifies the downgrade in GPU performance. As for the PSU being 500W, you may be correct.

As for Fredrich thanks I will probably choose the Rosewill PSU and deepcool case. :)

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I'd go with at least a 500W psu. The cx 430 I've heard horror stories about (hasn't done anything to my work rig but that doesn't stress it). I'd recommend a Rosewill or even an EVGA 500B if those are still around and decent.

Yes it is. The best out of gaming will come from going beyond what only two cores can deliver. Let alone not be hindered by them either. Even if a high level i3 is used, they still won't match what a high level i5 can do in comparison.

It does with a weaker cpu being used, as it should be buffed instead.

But it really is up to you and such.

i know of one game that requires a quad core and hes better off with the i3 + a rx 480 then a i5 + a gpu that cost 1/2 as much.

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No, that's not what I'm saying. I'm not stating that dual core can't work, but that it can't get the best out of games.

Yeah price wise

I thought an RX 480 can run on 450W, heck, an R9 290 can run on 500W but that's cutting it too tightly. Not that it matters I guess, an RX 470 is fine too if you can get a good deal, there is also GTX 1060.

I always have the mindset that 500W should be the bare minimum for a psu. Especially considering how AMD cards use more power than their Nvidia counterparts, like since forever.

Yeah, in fact, I don't even think 500W is enough for an R9 290, but an RX 480 is only 165W vs 275W. I went with 850W for an i7 5820K + R9 390, I think that's overkill mayhaps?

No, that's great!