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Advice on first ever build gaming PC

Hi all,

I'm looking to build my first ever PC, with a view to using it mainly for gaming and hoping that it will last a decent amount of time. However, being a complete newbie I'd really appreciate any advice on parts etc that anyone can give me, particularly on the GPU and cases. Ideally I want quite a small case (because I don't have a great deal of space) but I'm worried about things fitting in.

Approximate Purchase Date: September/October

Budget Range: 500-800 GBP

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet, watching films, using word processors/spreadsheets

Are you buying a monitor: I already have a monitor

Parts to Upgrade: everything!

Do you need to buy OS: Yup

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Anything UK based so amazon.co.uk , scan.co.uk (any others)

Location: UK (England)

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, NVIDIA GPU (though could be convinced otherwise). Planning to get an SSD to run the OS (and maybe a couple of games) and a HDD for storage.

Parts I'm thinking of so far:

CPU
Intel Core i5 3570K Ivy Bridge
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/29-4intel-core-i5-3570k-s-1155-ivy-bridge-quad-core-34ghz-5-gt-s-dmi-650mhz-gpu-6mb-smart-cache-34x-


Motherboard
Gigabyte GA-Z77N WIFI Mini ITX 1155
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/gigabyte-ga-z77n-wifi-intel-z77-s-1155-ddr3-sata-iii-6gb-s-raid-pcie-30-dvi-i-hdmi-mini-itx
or
Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/gigabyte-ga-z77-d3h-usb-30-intel-z77-s-1155-ddr3-sata-iii-6gb-s-sata-raid-pcie-30-d-sub-dvi-d-hdmi-a

Overclocking: Yes but not right away

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Ideally I'd like something compact, but I'm having issues trying to work out what will fit into the small (micro ATX) cases. I'd really appreciate assistance with choosing a GPU since I haven't a clue how to decide how much to spend on it/what I actually need.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I've never actually owned a desktop PC! (though I use one at work) and I'd like to transfer from console based gaming to PC gaming

This is long, sorry! Any help much appreciated.
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    Good choices on the motherboard, not sure if this case suits what you want, or if the video card is beefy enough. 800 is a little tight. Here's something to get you started.

    PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1lmf2
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1lmf2/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1lmf2/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£161.99 @ Aria PC)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 54.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (£59.98 @ Dabs)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1155 Motherboard (£85.97 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£55.00 @ Ebuyer)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£106.94 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£59.99 @ Aria PC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB Video Card (£130.00 @ Ebuyer)
    Case: Fractal Design Arc Mini MicroATX Mini Tower Case (£60.73 @ Amazon UK)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£67.52 @ Amazon UK)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer (£12.97 @ CCL Computers)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£66.78 @ CCL Computers)
    Total: £867.87
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-28 00:05 BST+0100)
  2. Your CPU is a good choice for the money considering you want a Intel CPU only. & Id say go with the GA-Z77 because it has more than 2 RAM Slots. Also do you absolutely only want a Micro case?
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