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Thoughts on my first gaming pc build £600 budget

Hi I'm new to building computers and have hardly any knowledge at all apart from a few YouTube videos and forums that I have had a look through so this is a new experience for me and I'm excited to get started. I'm looking to put together a good gaming pc for the small budget I have of £600ish.

The rig I'm thinking of ordering is composed of these part:
CPU - Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad Core Processor
PSU - EVGA 500W 80+ White rated power supply
GPU - Gigabyte Gtx960 Windforce 2x Cooler OC NVIDIA Graphics card 4GB
RAM - 8GB (1x8GB) 1600MHz Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR3
Storage - WD 1TB Green SATA 6Gb/s 64MB 3.5" Hard Drive
Mobo - Gigabyte B85M-D2V S1150 Intel B85 DDR3 or GIGABYTE GA-B85M-D3H Intel Micro ATX Motherboard
Case - Thermaltake Versa H22 Tower Case With Side Window USB3 Black Interior 12cm fan

I couldn't decide on which motherboard I would go with as I seen something that mentioned B85 motherboards could have a problem with Intel CPUs and I don't understand it so if someone could explain and let me know if the motherboard(s) I have chosen are compatible with the CPU that would be great. Also is this a good first build? I intend to play games on the computer but I understand with my budget I'm not going to get ultra settings but I would like a good enough system to play even the most graphic intensive games on decent settings.

I can get all this for around £470 not including delivery charges but I still need some peripheries like a monitor, keyboard, mouse, OS and I was thinking about maybe getting an SSD.

Like I said I'm a rookie so if this build is a shambles please tell me where I have gone wrong so I can understand abit better, would love to hear your thoughts thanks a lot :D :D :D
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  1. Spring for a better PSU like this:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    Power Supply: XFX TS 550W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply (£37.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Total: £37.99
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-09-23 17:34 BST+0100

    Also the 4GB GTX 960 is not really worth the money. If you want Nvidia card stay with the 2GB 960 or go for the R9 380 as it is faster than the 960 and similarly priced.
  2. You do not want a "Green" drive as the only drive in your system. It would be fine as a data drive in addition to a fast SSD system drive, but on its own is a slow dog. I personally favor WD Black drives as single drives, but even a WD Blue would be a much better-performing choice.
    Unless you're leaving a slot free for a near-term RAM upgrade, get a 2x4GB (or 2x8GB) pair in order to get dual-channel mode.
  3. Best answer
    The thing with B55 and H81 motherboards: They need a BIOS update before work with a Haswell Refresh cpu like i5-4460.
    Just that. So ask vendor to send it ready for your new cpu.

    XFX TS 550W 80+ Gold is really better than EVGA 500W 80+. But EVGA 500W 80+ is not a bad psu for your build.
    And R9 380 could be just a little stronger than Gtx960.
    however Gtx960 is better imho. Better platform overall (energy+heat+performance).
    Get SSD for OS and apps so you really dont have to worry about WD 1TB Green SATA performance.


    So nothing in your original build is a deal breaker. You will have good gaming performance @1080p.
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