Im a noob looking to build my first ever system. I want hd gaming on a 24 inch monitor. I have £700 to spend. I may upgrade to a 27" monitor down the line. I just want to know if this build is the best i'm going to get for the money. I love arma so want the best possible arma 3 experience as well as a good experience with the upcoming ps4/xbox one ports.
1. If you ever want to overclock, then you need a Z87 chipset. I recommend an Asrock Extreme4 Z87.
2. Just get a 1TB HDD. The exact same drive (Caviar Blue), just in 1 TB form.
3. Get the XFX Core Pro 550W PSU; made by Seasonic, and cheaper (depending on where you buy it) than your PSU.
4. You need 2x4 GB of RAM in order to utilize dual channel. I recommend Corsair Vengeance LP @ 1600 MHz RAM (if you can afford it).
If you want to save a bit of money, you can go with an IB CPU instead of Haswell, and get the Asrock Extreme4 Z77 and an i5-3570k CPU; this will save you about $30 USD, so if you need that money, then go for it. Otherwise, good choices
I love how you've managed to squeeze a 770 in on my budget realchaos! Will the i5 4430 handle cpu intensive games with ease? (i.e. Arma 3) Because that sounds like a winner. Will a non modular PSU mean its an absolute ball ache to build? I have never done this before. How many hours is it likely to add?
Thanks for the the info dannyboy. something to consider once ive looked into oc'ing