Upgrading your computer’s hardware can cause some series headaches. If, like me, you’re not made of money that is. Trying to constantly balance the price with the performance and thinking if I spend less on this component then I’ll be able to upgrade this piece of hardware too. It’s a situation that I find myself in pretty much every day, not that I upgrade my computer every day but the thoughts do tend to cross my mind. However, fear not, that’s why I’m here. I have scoured the internet (well, just amazon) to find the best possible hardware deals that I can. Here we go.
My CPU of the day has to be the AMD FX 8350 Black Edition. I know it is quite old now (in terms of technology) but it is still the best performance you can get for the price. It currently costs £116. £116 for a cpu with 8 cores and can be overclocked over 5GHZ! That’s crazy levels of speed. Just make sure that you keep it cool if you do attempt that. Side note, I’ve seen somebody overclock it over 8GHZ which is absolutely insane but to do so would require vast amounts of liquid nitrogen.
I recently did a review on what I labelled the best value graphics card that money can buy. So coincidentally enough, that is the card that I’m recommending. It’s the 6GB Nvidia GTX 1060, available for just £235. That may sound like a lot but when you compare its performance to similarly priced hardware, it comes up trumps every time.
RAM is currently on a bit of a price boom. It does often rise and fall a lot more than any other hardware and to be honest with you, I don’t have a clue why. All I know is that the best value RAM I could find is the Corsair CMK16GX4M2B3000C15 (catchy name, right?) Vengeance. It is the latest DDR4 memory type so you will need a compatible motherboard for it. There are lot’s of similarly priced RAM (around the £120 mark) but I can’t find any other that even comes close to being as fast as the Corsair which is listed at 3000MHZ.
Finally, you will need a case to put all of your new hardware in. I’d recommend that you go for the Corsair CC-9011075-WW Carbide Series 270R (Corsair really need to fire the person who names their products!). The reason I’ve recommended this case is that it’s a full sized rig with a bottom mounted PSU (for airflow reasons this is good). It is also capable of mounting a radiator for liquid cooling and it costs a mere £56! Bargain of the century!