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December 28, 2013 5:27:15 PM

I'm thinking of building my first PC for gaming, and I am trying to keep costs under £580, so I am thinking of going with with:

0)Standard Midi sized case
1)Corsair CXM 500W PSU
2)Asus P8Z77-M pro motherboard
3)Intel i5 4570 CPU
4)Corsair Vengeance 2x4 GB Ram
5)Western Digital 1TB (blue)
6)Asus nVidia GeForce GTX 650 graphics card
7)TP link 300Mbps wireless

I don't know whether that is balanced properly or not, or if that is where I should be spending my money.
I would appreciate any replies regarding what I should be doing be going further and building this.
Thanks in advance

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December 28, 2013 5:37:54 PM

At www.scan.co.uk, the i5-4570 is 149 pounds and the GTX 650 is 85 pounds. For a gaming machine, try a cheaper CPU and a better GPU.

Also, you picked a CPU/MB combo that won't work. The i5-4570 needs a Z87 MB, not a Z77.
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December 28, 2013 5:56:12 PM

Balance depends on use your intend for the PC.

For gaming use you do not enough video given the strength of your CPU. Trading some CPU off for a better GPU would make a better gaming rig. But you may have other reasons for your build like "you don't game" or "you plan to replace the video in two years and keep the CPU for 5 years" or ...

Check out the tom's $800 system: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/build-your-own-gami...
It's built for a mix of gaming and business apps. It pairs a $300 video card with $260 of CPU+MB. You have a $110 video card with $135+ $200 = $335 of CPU+MB. Moving $70 from cpu/MB to GPU would let you step up from the gtx650 to a 650 ti boost or an r9 270.

One other thought, consider a 'Black' hard drive instead of a 'Blue' one. It will give you faster boot and game load times for not that much more money. Also, if you plan to game, 1TB fills up quickly if you use Steam and hit the Humble Bundles, etc.

edit @aevm: Nice catch on the MB.
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January 7, 2014 2:14:28 PM

Sorry, is there any difference between Asus' Z87-Pro, Plus and the -A??? It seems that it is only that that the Pro has inbuilt wifi card, and the -A uses Realtek over Intel for ethernet.
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