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Hello all, I've spent the last few weeks looking at some parts for my first pc build and finally have a list I am happy with.Although this is my first time and I am quite nervous so I was hoping you could look at my parts before I order them so I know I'm making the right choices.

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/george1448/saved/4B9q

Above is my list of parts I currently have.I am planning on using the integrated graphics on the i5 until I have the money to upgrade to a dedicated card, which I would looking to get the gtx770 so I need a psu with enough wattage for that later on.I currently have mouser,keyboard, monitor etc so those are not needed.I would like to OC in the future but at the moment I will no be so I'm hoping to make do with the stock cooler for the processor.I already have a case which is the Coolermaster Elite 430 mid tower and my budget is at £450, but could stretch to £470 maximum.

If anyone could look over the parts it would be much appreciated.
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  1. george1448 said:
    Hello all, I've spent the last few weeks looking at some parts for my first pc build and finally have a list I am happy with.Although this is my first time and I am quite nervous so I was hoping you could look at my parts before I order them so I know I'm making the right choices.

    http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/george1448/saved/4B9q

    Above is my list of parts I currently have.I am planning on using the integrated graphics on the i5 until I have the money to upgrade to a dedicated card, which I would looking to get the gtx770 so I need a psu with enough wattage for that later on.I currently have mouser,keyboard, monitor etc so those are not needed.I would like to OC in the future but at the moment I will no be so I'm hoping to make do with the stock cooler for the processor.I already have a case which is the Coolermaster Elite 430 mid tower and my budget is at £450, but could stretch to £470 maximum.

    If anyone could look over the parts it would be much appreciated.


    Well my first thoughts are:
    No matter how much you are prepared for it, nothing beats the feeling of getting a new pc and it working really good. The integrated graphics on the i5 aren't a "bit worse" like some people seem to think. Seriously, the cheapest second-hand graphics card on ebay will TROUNCE the integrated graphics.
    I suggest you get a cheaper processor and a graphics card. It will really make you feel like you have a good computer.


    Basically what you have there is a good budget computer with a really high-end processor. I'll try to re-design it for you.
  2. Increase your budget a bit further and you can fit a graphic card in. If you really want to have an i5 cpu, here is an option:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£127.16 @ Amazon UK)
    Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£58.22 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£36.44 @ CCL Computers)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£35.94 @ Aria PC)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 270 2GB TurboDuo Video Card (£119.99 @ Ebuyer)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£44.09 @ CCL Computers)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.79 @ Amazon UK)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.96 @ CCL Computers)
    Total: £503.59
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-08 18:24 BST+0100)

    AMD option:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£76.79 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£63.43 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£49.98 @ CCL Computers)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£35.94 @ Aria PC)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 270 2GB TurboDuo Video Card (£119.99 @ Ebuyer)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£44.09 @ CCL Computers)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.79 @ Amazon UK)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.96 @ CCL Computers)
    Total: £471.97
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-08 18:28 BST+0100)
  3. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£129.59 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£46.52 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£36.44 @ CCL Computers)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£35.94 @ Aria PC)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card (£65.98 @ CCL Computers)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£68.94 @ Amazon UK)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.79 @ Amazon UK)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.96 @ CCL Computers)
    Total: £465.16
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-08 18:27 BST+0100)

    That would be a balanced, great spec budget gaming pc.
  4. no issues. Many will tell you the CX power supply series is junk... and while it is certainly not as quality as teh HX or AX, considering you wont be taxing it very hard, i think you'll be fine.

    Could you scoop up a graphics card on ebay? In the US anyway, even something like the gtx460 go for only $50.

    That would be much better than integrated... and it'll still be worth $50 whenever you decided to upgrade.

    so it's almost like 'renting' a video card for a few months :)
  5. Suztera said:
    Increase your budget a bit further and you can fit a graphic card in. If you really want to have an i5 her is an option:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£127.16 @ Amazon UK)
    Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£58.22 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£36.44 @ CCL Computers)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£35.94 @ Aria PC)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 270 2GB TurboDuo Video Card (£119.99 @ Ebuyer)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£44.09 @ CCL Computers)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.79 @ Amazon UK)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.96 @ CCL Computers)
    Total: £503.59
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-08 18:24 BST+0100)



    The i5-4440 has worse performance than the i5 3470 for £2 less :)
  6. Rugnir_Viking said:
    Suztera said:
    Increase your budget a bit further and you can fit a graphic card in. If you really want to have an i5 her is an option:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£127.16 @ Amazon UK)
    Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£58.22 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£36.44 @ CCL Computers)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£35.94 @ Aria PC)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 270 2GB TurboDuo Video Card (£119.99 @ Ebuyer)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£44.09 @ CCL Computers)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.79 @ Amazon UK)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.96 @ CCL Computers)
    Total: £503.59
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-08 18:24 BST+0100)



    The i5-4440 has worse performance than the i5 3470 for £2 less :)

    Performance difference is negligible. Clock speed doesn't always determine the performance. Saving £2 isn't significant enough to be considered a really really tiny performance increase that won't be noticeable.
    Second i fitted a R9 270 which is brand new and much better than a 7770.
  7. lowriderflow said:
    no issues. Many will tell you the CX power supply series is junk... and while it is certainly not as quality as teh HX or AX, considering you wont be taxing it very hard, i think you'll be fine.

    Could you scoop up a graphics card on ebay? In the US anyway, even something like the gtx460 go for only $50.

    That would be much better than integrated... and it'll still be worth $50 whenever you decided to upgrade.

    so it's almost like 'renting' a video card for a few months :)


    Whilst CX series is an average quality, the XFX 550 will be sufficient and cheaper. and less likely to fail. It has a longer warranty and better components. No point getting a 750W power supply due to the budget. A quality 550W psu is sufficient for single gpu setup.
  8. At the moment I'm fine using the integrated graphics, I'm not planning on doing any gaming just yet so I feel that would be adequate for me. I would however be getting a card in the future.
  9. george1448 said:
    At the moment I'm fine using the integrated graphics, I'm not planning on doing any gaming just yet so I feel that would be adequate for me. I would however be getting a card in the future.


    Well you have a very high end processor there, but i'd suggest that you get perhaps 8gb ram to go with it.
    4gb would be sufficient, but for multitasking and just to have that little overhead so the OS has its little room and stuff, i prefer 8gb. It's closer to future-proof (as if there is ever such a thing)
  10. Best answer
    george1448 said:
    At the moment I'm fine using the integrated graphics, I'm not planning on doing any gaming just yet so I feel that would be adequate for me. I would however be getting a card in the future.


    You can fit an 8GB ram kit there. Also I swapped the motherboard to have a 8 power phases that allows further overclocking then the one chosen.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£160.79 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£86.44 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£49.98 @ CCL Computers)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£35.94 @ Aria PC)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£44.09 @ CCL Computers)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.79 @ Amazon UK)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.96 @ CCL Computers)
    Total: £458.99
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-08 18:40 BST+0100)
  11. Yeah that's the plan, I would upgrade to 8GB which I can do in about 3 weeks. Currently I have a really old laptop so pretty much anything would blitz it ahah. This would be like a little project for me, Upgrading when I can.
  12. george1448 said:
    Yeah that's the plan, I would upgrade to 8GB which I can do in about 3 weeks. Currently I have a really old laptop so pretty much anything would blitz it ahah. This would be like a little project for me, Upgrading when I can.

    Okay well good luck :) I hope that between me and Suztera we've cleared things up for you.
  13. Suztera said:
    george1448 said:
    At the moment I'm fine using the integrated graphics, I'm not planning on doing any gaming just yet so I feel that would be adequate for me. I would however be getting a card in the future.


    You can fit an 8GB ram kit there. Also I swapped the motherboard to have a 8 power phases that allows further overclocking then the one chosen.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£160.79 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£86.44 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£49.98 @ CCL Computers)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£35.94 @ Aria PC)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£44.09 @ CCL Computers)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.79 @ Amazon UK)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.96 @ CCL Computers)
    Total: £458.99
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-08 18:40 BST+0100)


    That looks very nice to me, Just curious about upgrading in the future with the lower wattage psu, I would be looking at getting a GTX 760/770 and a few other things.Would the 550w be enough for this?
  14. george1448 said:
    Suztera said:
    george1448 said:
    At the moment I'm fine using the integrated graphics, I'm not planning on doing any gaming just yet so I feel that would be adequate for me. I would however be getting a card in the future.


    You can fit an 8GB ram kit there. Also I swapped the motherboard to have a 8 power phases that allows further overclocking then the one chosen.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£160.79 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£86.44 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£49.98 @ CCL Computers)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£35.94 @ Aria PC)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£44.09 @ CCL Computers)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.79 @ Amazon UK)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.96 @ CCL Computers)
    Total: £458.99
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-08 18:40 BST+0100)


    That looks very nice to me, Just curious about upgrading in the future with the lower wattage psu, I would be looking at getting a GTX 760/770 and a few other things.Would the 550w be enough for this?


    Yes it should be.
  15. george1448 said:
    Suztera said:
    george1448 said:
    At the moment I'm fine using the integrated graphics, I'm not planning on doing any gaming just yet so I feel that would be adequate for me. I would however be getting a card in the future.


    You can fit an 8GB ram kit there. Also I swapped the motherboard to have a 8 power phases that allows further overclocking then the one chosen.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£160.79 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£86.44 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£49.98 @ CCL Computers)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£35.94 @ Aria PC)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£44.09 @ CCL Computers)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.79 @ Amazon UK)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.96 @ CCL Computers)
    Total: £458.99
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-08 18:40 BST+0100)


    That looks very nice to me, Just curious about upgrading in the future with the lower wattage psu, I would be looking at getting a GTX 760/770 and a few other things.Would the 550w be enough for this?


    A quality 550W will power up to a 780Ti with a full system with one or two hard drives.But if you want to overclock heavily on both cpu and gpu on the higher end graphic cards, a 650W is safer.
    Good brands are Antec, Coolermaster V series, Corsair (not CX or CS series), Seasonic or XFX
  16. Rugnir_Viking said:
    george1448 said:
    Suztera said:
    george1448 said:
    At the moment I'm fine using the integrated graphics, I'm not planning on doing any gaming just yet so I feel that would be adequate for me. I would however be getting a card in the future.


    You can fit an 8GB ram kit there. Also I swapped the motherboard to have a 8 power phases that allows further overclocking then the one chosen.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£160.79 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£86.44 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£49.98 @ CCL Computers)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£35.94 @ Aria PC)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£44.09 @ CCL Computers)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.79 @ Amazon UK)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.96 @ CCL Computers)
    Total: £458.99
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-08 18:40 BST+0100)


    That looks very nice to me, Just curious about upgrading in the future with the lower wattage psu, I would be looking at getting a GTX 760/770 and a few other things.Would the 550w be enough for this?


    Yes it should be.


    Ok, I think this is what I'm going to get.Thanks alot guys.
  17. lowriderflow said:
    no issues. Many will tell you the CX power supply series is junk... and while it is certainly not as quality as teh HX or AX, considering you wont be taxing it very hard, i think you'll be fine.

    Could you scoop up a graphics card on ebay? In the US anyway, even something like the gtx460 go for only $50.

    That would be much better than integrated... and it'll still be worth $50 whenever you decided to upgrade.

    so it's almost like 'renting' a video card for a few months :)

    You never know what you're getting with a used graphics card off of eBay.
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