New build advice needed...

Hi guys.

Just looking for a little advice for some questions I have...

I want to build a mid-range budget gaming pc and I'm trying to keep the build around £600-£650ish.

Here are the specs I'm thinking of going with:

Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 1155 (£180ish) or Asrock Z77 Pro3 Socket 1155 (£76ish)
*I'm undecided. With £100 difference do I really need the more expensive mobo? I'm only gaming, nothing fancy.

Processor: Intel 3rd Generation Core i5-3570K (4 x 3.40GHz, Ivy Bridge, Socket 1155, 6Mb L3 Cache. (£172)
*Thought about a AMD FX-8350 4GHz Socket AM3+ 16MB Cache (£167) but thought better of it.

Gfx card: MSI GTX660 TwinFroz111 2GB DDR5 (£172)
*I can't stretch to a GTX670 :(

SSD: Kingston 60GB SSDNow V300 SSD Upgrade Kit with Adapter
*I want to use this just to run the OS, using my 1TB HDD for games,etc. Is this advisable? Should I get a cheaper one if I can find one? I've never had a SSD before so they're new to me.

PSU: Xfx Pro 550w Power Supply Unit (core Edition) (£45)
*I don't have a clue really what wattage to go for or what to look for with a PSU!? (including the price!)

RAM: Extra Value 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Memory (£45)
*I know it's cheap so should I at least go for branded? No idea how this stuff works!

Cooler: ARCTIC FREEZER 11 LP CPU (£13) or Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo (£25)
*I've never o/clocked a processor or gfx card before but I'm gonna give it a try with the above set up.
So I'm guessing I need some sort of cooler (air), not had one before so don't know what to look for?

OS: Windows 7. (£68)
*I've read Windows 8 is more for touch screens?


All the above comes in at around £755.00ish.

I need to squeeze the price down a tad still!

(I already have a 1TB SATA-III 3.5" HDD, DVD-R/W & Case).

I'm in the UK and have been looking on Ebuyer, Overclockers and Amazon! With Amazon mostly being cheaper for most parts!?

I'm upgrading from:

Processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4000+
Gfx card: AMD Radeon HD 6670
Vista 64bit

So I'm looking forward to building this!
Any help muchly thankly.

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  1. im using a 256gb ssd for os+couple games atm.

    im using about 100gb atm.

    get the cheaper motherboard, im still runing a i5 2500 and p8z68-vlx with hd 7950 gigabyte edition and can play all new games

    you dont need the cpu cooler unless you are overclocking.

    whats your budget?
  2. 8GB Mushkin Enhanced BlackLine Frostbyte LV #996988 (2x4GB) 1600 (PC3-12800) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM CAS 9-9-9-24 1.35V
    MSI Radeon HD 7870 OC 2GB GDDR5 Graphics Card [R7870-2GD5T/OC] + £10 CASHBACK! #55841 £ 141.66 £
    120GB Samsung 840 Series 2.5" SATA 6GB/s (SATA-III) Solid State Drive #53690 £ 59.99 £ 59.99
    600W Corsair Builder Series CX600M 80PLUS Bronze Modular Power Supply #53656 £ 49.99 £ 49.99
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-Bit DVD - OEM [GFC-02050] #38272 £ 54.99 £ 54.99
    AMD (Piledriver) FX-8350 4.00GHz (4.20GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 8-Core Processor - Retail #52722 £ 122.49
    GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AMD 990FX (Socket AM3+) ATX Motherboard #54473 £ 84.99 £ 84.99
    Arctic Cooling Freezer A30 Quiet CPU Cooler #49518 £ 22.45 £ 22.45

    Basket Total £ 586.51
    Approx. Delivery £ 10.95
    VAT £ 119.50
    Total £716.95

    All from Aria PC, things to consider the AMD FX CPU is on a level footing with the 3570k yet is the cheaper package, i think if you try for lower cost you will be un balancing the system, so dave for an extra month and spend the extra £50 or so.
  3. Or managed this all from

    AMD FX 8350 Black Edition, Vishera, 8 Core, S AM3+, 4.0GHz, 16MB Total Cache, 125W, Retail
    £124.83 £149.80

    Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3, AMD 990FX, S AM3+, DDR3, SATA III - 6Gb/s, RAID SATA, PCIe 2.0 (x16), ATX
    £86.99 £104.39

    8GB (2x4GB) Corsair DDR3 Vengeance Racing Red, PC3-12800 (1600), Non-ECC, CAS 9-9-9-24, XMP, 1.5V
    £36.66 £43.99

    2GB XFX Radeon HD 7870 Double Dissipation Edition, 4800MHz GDDR5, 28nm, GPU 1000MHz, 1280 Cores
    £137.78 £165.34

    120GB OCZ Technology Vertex 3, 2.5" SSD, MLC-Flash, Read 550MB/s, Write 500MB/s, 85000 IOPS, Refurbished
    £57.12 £68.54

    620W Antec Neo Eco Modular PSU 82%Eff', 80 PLUS Bronze, SLI/CrossFire, EPS 12V, Quiet Fan, ATX, Scan Exclusive
    £45.62 £54.74

    Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO, 4 Heat Pipes Direct Contact, with 120mm Quiet Fan LGA775/1155/1156/1366/AM2/AM2+/AM3/FM1
    £20.21 £24.25

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP1, Operating System, Single, - OEM
    £58.07 £69.68

    Net Total
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