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June 29, 2013 9:11:34 AM

I'm looking to build a new PC with a budget of £930. So far I've got this
http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1bvMK (note: the components with manually entered prices are either not lised on pc part picker or are from http://www.scan.co.uk/ and the graphics card listed is actually a placeholder for This)

I still have a bit of £££ left so I was going to replace the monitor there with a 120Hz one, I was thinking of getting a BenQ XL2411T but if I got that then I'd have to lose a bit from somewhere else on the system. Does anyone have any advice on what to cut back on or if I should buy a completely different system.

Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as I solve the issue detailed above

Budget Range: £930 After Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, streaming/recording games, movies, internet usage, office work

Are you buying a monitor: Yes(see above)

Parts to Upgrade: Everything, but I am planning on reusing 4gb of kingston RAM from my old PC (Sorry, I can't remember the exact model)

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, but don't include that here because I'm dealing with that separately

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I don't really mind, if they ship to the UK then they're fine, although I personally dislike amazon for tax evasion :( 

Location: Sheffield, South Yorkshire, UK (I'd prefer to get it online though)

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, don't really care after that

Overclocking: In the future, so coolers are not essential now

SLI or Crossfire: Not planning on doing it

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: The main Game I will be playing is TF2 but I'd like the capacity to record it (Dxtory) and I will also be playing bigger games like Arma/BF3 or 4

Why Are You Upgrading: My current PC is so slow it's almost painful

Thanks.

More about : 900

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June 29, 2013 9:51:54 AM

XFX make awful GPUs - do not buy one (their PSUs are very good though).
Go with Sapphire for AMD cards.

Also, if you're reusing RAM from your old PC, you can't "mix and match" it with the 8gb Corsair module on your list. You should only use identical modules. I'd say just buy a new 2x4gb kit (better than 1x8gb), and keep the RAM from your old PC for spares.
I'd recommend this RAM. It's going cheap, and performs great (I have it) - http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/patriot-memory-pv38g160...

Great choice on the monitor and keyboard - I have the exact same ones, and I can tell you that they're both superb.
The X4 is a very good keyboard, especially considering it's price. Even though it's not a mechanical keyboard, it's very good for a rubber-dome.
That ASUS monitor is great too - cheap, but the quality of the image is sterling.

Also, if you aren't planning on SLI/Crossfire, it might be better to go M-ATX, as M-ATX motherboards are cheaper than their ATX counterparts.

Instead of that 600W Corsair PSU, get the XFX 550W PSU - http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1550s...
- it's cheaper than the Corsair, but it's a very high quality PSU. 550W is more than enough for that PC anyway :) 

As for the mouse, the Logitech G400 is good, but I'd recommend a Roccat Kova+ - I have one, and it's a superb mouse. It's cheaper than the G400 too. However, it may not be to your taste, as it has LEDs (which can be turned off) and quite a "futuristic" design - I know some people prefer minimalistic mice.
- http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/roccat-mouse-roc11520

Also, you may want to go for a 1tb HDD - 500gb won't last you very long, if you're anything like me (I've half-filled my 1.5tb HDD which I bought only 5 months ago). I'd recommend Western Digital's Caviar Blue HDDs over Seagate's Barracudas, although Barracudas are still very good HDDs, and reasonably priced - Western Digital HDDs are more expensive, but are very well made.
I'd recommend this - http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-interna...
- It's only £13 more for twice the storage of the Barracuda you chose, and has a much larger cache - a wise purchase.

Finally, you don't need a 120hz monitor. A hd 7850 wouldn't be able to fully utilize more than 60hz (except in TF2 - even then, you probably won't notice much difference between 60fps and 120fps). 120hz is only truly justifiable with cards such as the GTX Titan, GTX 690, GTX 780, HD 7990 (etc.) or a powerful Crossfire/SLI set-up. Besides, I can guarantee you that that monitor is great.

In summary, here are the changes that I would recommend, but do not feel obliged to follow them suit:
- http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/roccat-mouse-roc11520
- http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1550s...
- http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-interna...
- http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/patriot-memory-pv38g160...

EDIT: Also (and this is a case of personal preference - I do not expect you to agree with this), I'd get an Ivy Bridge CPU over a Haswell, for a handful of reasons that probably wouldn't apply to you.

Hope this helps :) 
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June 29, 2013 10:33:42 AM

JRAtk94 said:
XFX make awful GPUs - do not buy one (their PSUs are very good though).
Go with Sapphire for AMD cards.


I asked some other people I know and they also recommended that I changed up the GPU, any ideas on what I should replace it with. Does anyone have any other ideas on what to get?
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June 29, 2013 11:53:32 AM

Thanks a lot, I'm ordering it now. :) 
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June 29, 2013 11:55:59 AM

No worries, mate.

Good luck with your build, I hope it serves you well.

Take care :) 
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