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Best GPU for £150 + general advice for first build!

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July 22, 2013 4:30:21 PM

I'm a student building my first PC- I want to use it primarily for audio production and want to have decent gaming capabilities.
After posting on here a few days ago I've narrowed down my component list to this, with no small amount of help from people on the forum... I need suggestions/advice for the undecided items, and if anyone feels like it, suggestions for changing the decided items would be great.

Decided: (unless anyone cares to convince me otherwise!)
CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£152.59 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£68.97 @ Dabs)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£43.19 @ Aria PC)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£39.58 @ Scan.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.87 @ Aria PC)



Undecided:
Memory: I want to have 16 GB of fast RAM. Can somebody educate me?
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.86 @ Scan.co.uk) was suggested to me, BUT my friend's selling a Blue Storm II 500W for a tenner. Seems like excellent value and it appears to have very favourable reviews, but I don't really know enough about these components to make a decision... Can anyone advise?
Video Card: I was suggested this: MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card (£159.93 @ Amazon UK). Can I do better for the money?
Monitor: Any advice?
WiFi: Should I bother with a WiFi card or just buy a wireless USB adapter?

Big thanks in advance!

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July 22, 2013 4:36:41 PM

Memory: Fast ram is not worth the price. You may need 16 gb for your audio stuff but certainly you don't need it for gaming as of right now.
PSU: should be fine if you don't plan on running sli config or overclocking.
Video Card: You should take a look at the nvidia gtx 760. at least here in the states in a better buy than the 7870 ghz.
Monitor: how much you willing to spend?
Wifi: Personally I would use ethernet, but wifi card would be my next choice because I wouldn't want something sticking far out of my case.

Oh yea advice: don't pour petroleum onto your computer and then light it with a zippo.
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July 22, 2013 4:47:52 PM

Cheers Azn Cracker,

RE RAM: Okay not that fast- DDR3, 1600MHz. Is there any advantage to having e.g. 4x4GB vs 2x8? Can anyone suggest a product/manufacturer to go for?

Looking for nothing special monitor-wise, something good value, decent resolution, maybe 22".
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