A Gaming Pc with a budget of around £800

I'm going to build a pc for the first time so please can someone advise me on whether it will be worth it and whether it would work? I'm really interested in this kind of stuff so I want to be able to upgrade later on.

What it's going to be used for: Gaming on High settings, Homework, Surfing the Web

Games: Civilization V on High, Minecraft on High w/ mods, SimCity, Battlefield 4, Skyrim, e.t.c

Budget: Around £800

Monitor: I may buy a new monitor for this as my old monitor is a vga one. Probably a 1920 by 1080 one or I may buy a vga input to hdmi output cable - advice on this as well please.

Keyboard and Mouse: I may buy a new keyboard because my old one isn't very good but I have a good mouse.

Preferred Stores: Microdirect, Amazon or Uk websites and stores.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Overclocking: Maybe

Why I'm Upgrading: My old computer, which was a laptop, wasn't very good at running any games at all.


MSi Z87-G45 Gaming Intel Z87: £110.40
Intel Core i5 4670K 3.4GHz: £163.94
Crucial Ballistix Sport RAM DIMM DDR3 1600MHz 240Pin: £55.84
Graphics Card:
Palit GeForce GTX 770 2GB: £219.99
Hard Drive/SSD:
Seagate Barracuda 2TB Hard Disk Drive Sata III: £60
DVD drive:
Asus Dvd Rewriter Black OEM Drive: £15.00
Power supply:
Corsair Builder Series CX 600W: £47.90
Computer Case:
CiT Neptune Gaming Case: £31.55
Coolermaster Case Fan Jetflo Red LED: £12 x 1 ---- Will that be enough along with the included fan in case and all the other fans from other components?
Wireless Adaptor:
Tp Link 450Mbps Wireless Adaptor: £29.99
Windows 7 Home Premium: £64.91

Thank you in advance for your advice
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    This is what I would do:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£155.99 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£98.28 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£61.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£39.50 @ Amazon UK)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card (£229.99 @
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (£39.95 @ Amazon UK)
    Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£68.18 @ Amazon UK)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.98 @
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.91 @ CCL Computers)
    Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter (£27.20 @ CCL Computers)
    Total: £802.97
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-22 19:52 BST+0100)

    Major Changes from your build:
    RAM: You typically want 2 sticks of ram on the Z87 motherboards since they can run in dual channel mode (better performance)
    Motherboard: The Asrock Extreme 4 is one of the best mobos in this price range due to it's features/VRM design (12 phase VRM, great for OC)
    HDD: Dropped down to a 1 TB to fit other things into the budget :)
    PSU: CHanged to an Antec 620w HCG, the corsair CX series use cheap chinese capacitors and have a higher potential for failure. Other good options are: anything from Seasonic or XFX, Antec HCG series, Corsair AX, TX, HX series
    Case: For cases, try to stick to NZXT, Coolermaster, Corsair, Fractal Design, Lian-li, Antec. the Corsair 200R is a good case at its price.
    Cooling: with a decent case you won't need extra fans. If you plan to overclock you would want an aftermarket CPU cooler but that can be added later if you decide to OC.
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