Intel Core i5-4440 (22nm Haswell)

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There are few better feelings in technology than choosing parts for a new PC build, purchasing them, and then laying them down on the table ready for build time.

It’s long been argued that PCs offer a better user experience than high-end tablets or the latest consoles. Truth is, you don’t have to spend a great deal in order to build a decent PC that’s both a capable workhorse and willing gaming machine.

AMD believes the way to go is to opt for one of its new Kaveri-based Accelerated Processing Units (APU). Baking in four cores and cutting-edge graphics seems like a good recipe for success, particularly with the emphasis on value, yet the premier A10-7850K, priced at £130, can leave a little to be desired on the CPU front.