Need help with a build for a friend

Hi all,

As the title would suggest I'm looking for other opinions on the basis of a build for a good friend of mine..

He is very budget minded, obviously wants to "future-proof" as much as possible and will be playing mostly online FPS'.. Battlefield 3 (& 4), Arma 2 (&3), DayZ etc..

It comes down to a standoff.. FX8350 and 7850 versus FX6300 and 7870.. I'm leaning more towards the FX6300 side of things, but would love some input from you guys..

I am trying to persuade him to self build in which case the greater CPU & GPU might be feasible, but he is wary of trying it with little knowledge.. I will persist though..

Thanks in advance of your thoughts,


Well Jemaine, If I were to build a computer choosing between those option, I would go for the fx8350 with an HD7850. Mostly because a more powerful CPU will make the PC last longer as it's far easier to upgrade the graphics card and I would guess that games in the future will favour more cores. Besides he'll get totally awesome graphics with "just" a 7850 even if he couldn't get full settings with decent framerates.

Your friend could say his budget, so will know what to do exactly

8350 and a 650ti boost.

Thanks for the input guys.. As it stands he is looking at spending a little over £600, however that is based on having it built for him..

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£99.98 @ Aria PC) 

Motherboard: MSI 990FXA-GD65 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£93.12 @ Ebuyer)

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£45.86 @ Amazon UK)

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£69.99 @ Amazon UK)

Video Card: Club 3D Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card (£171.62 @ Amazon UK)

Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£45.80 @ Ebuyer)

Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power

Supply (£61.13 @ Amazon UK)

Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.13 @ Amazon UK)

Total: £598.63

Why the hell not go for all of it and more?


CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor  (£125.94 @ Aria PC)

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 ATX  AM3+ Motherboard  (£74.81 @ Aria PC)

Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  (£32.99 @ Amazon UK)

Storage: Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  (£45.72 @ Aria PC)

Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card  (£216.98 @ Dabs)

Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case  (£38.75 @ Aria PC)

Power Supply: Fractal Design Integra R2 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply  (£58.21 @ Dabs)

Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer  (£11.13 @ Amazon UK)

Total: £604.53