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?
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
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.