AMD have in recent years slipped behind Intel in terms of pure performance, where AMD can't be beaten is in bang for you buck. With AMD Quad, Hex and Octa Core processors costing a fraction of there Intel equivalents. And offering near identical performance in most everyday applications & in games. They still remain our tip for value focused consumers.
The AMD 860k is the base for this build, This quad core clocked at 3.7ghz is a great performer & being a K chip is unlocked & offers plenty of headroom for over clocking with most running 4.2 to 4.5 ghz with ease. That’s a 10-20% performance boost for absolutely nothing! So if your gamer & want more cash for that bigger monitor or graphics cards look no further than the 860k.
CPU - AMD Athlon X4 860K 3.7GHz Quad-Core
CPU cooler - Raijintek Themis
Motherboard - Gigabyte Z97M
RAM - 8GB Kingston HyperX (2x4GB)
Graphics - Gigabyte Radeon R9 280 Dual-X 3072MB
OS Drive - Kingston SSD V300 Series 120GB
Hard Drive - 1TB Western Digital Blue
PSU -XFX 650W SemiModular'80 Plus Bronze
Zalman ZM-T4 MicroATX Mini Tower Case
Operating System- Windows 7 Or 8.1 64-bit (OEM)