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April 3, 2013 10:52:01 AM

Hi I've recently found a good site for value for money and managed to get a good build for my budget which is no more than £800 [$1200], I just need to make sure it's compatible and that It's reliable.
I'll be using it for gaming primarily but I'll also be watching videos and movies but that will be the main use for it, I play a wide variety of games and I was curious whether I should get hd 7870 or GTX 660 ti, I went with the 7870 because someone told me they're both 50/50 in terms of which games the perform better with so i chose the 7870 as it's alot cheaper.
I won't be overclocking or anything just stock and this is my first time building so if I'm missing anything please point it out. :p 

Case: Antec 900 Nine Hundred Gaming Case [£85/$128]
CPU: Intel i5 3570k 3.4GHz Quad core [£167/$252]
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 [£92/$140]
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master Limited Ed 8GB 2x4GB DDR3 RAM [£36/$54]
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM 32mb Cache/ [£54/$81]
SSD: SanDisk 120GB Extreme Sata 6GB/s [£80/$121]
GPU: Tekvalue Radeon HD 7870 2GB + Far Cry 3 Free [£170/$257]
PSU: PowerCool 650W X-Viper Modular 80+ Bronze Single Rail PSU [£48/$72]
Total: [£732/$1105]

I'm a little bit worried about the Tekvalue GPU as it's just something that the website make themselves. (www.Tekheads.co.uk)

Also would I need to buy anything else like a CPU Cooler or some extra fans?
I'd like it be as cool but also silent as possible and my room is quite small but I also game quite late into the night.

Thank you for any help. :) 







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April 3, 2013 11:02:05 AM

Howdy your build looks good. Down the road you can replace the stock intel heatsink prior to overclocking
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April 3, 2013 11:40:26 AM

You're defiantly on the right track. Few changes I suggest:

Power Cooler is not a very good PSU manufacturer. Antec, Corsair, and Seasonic all make great quality PSUs. Remember, the PSU is like the heart of your computer.

I'm not familiar with TekValue as a GPU maker. For AMD GPUs I suggest Sapphire and XFX.

Not sure if you need one or not, but don't forget to think about some kind of optical drive.
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April 3, 2013 12:18:55 PM

Yeah I was originally going for Antec PSU but found this was alot cheaper and I really needed to cut down on price, same with the TekValue it's £30 cheaper than Asus/Sapphire etc.

I found one made by VTX3D for only a slight price increase and it also gives 5 free games which is a nice bonus. I've never heard of them before and was wondering if you know anything about it? it has some good reviews from what i've seen so far.
I think I'll go back to my original thinking and get an Antec 620w HCG PSU, thanks for your help.
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April 3, 2013 12:19:12 PM

The Antec 900 really isn't a good choice anymore - it has substandard air flow and lacks cable managment.

This is what I would suggest on your budget:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£167.99 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.99 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£103.46 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£45.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£55.00 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card (£185.00 @ Ebuyer)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case (£59.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£57.49 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.13 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £711.04
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-03 20:19 BST+0100)
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