The video card already is OCd. When they do the factory OC on it, it is usually pretty aggressive.
If you want to play around with OCing yourself, you might as well not have it factory OCd. You pay more money for it and its something you could do in 15 - 30 min yourself anyway. I would only say to get a factory OCd card if you don't want to bother adjusting any settings yourself.
Super Flower PSU - It isn't something I would suggest to anybody because the company is very new and its track record is very short, but I have heard they are OK PSUs. In any event, you will be a test victim, just letting you know.
If you don't want to be a test victim, I would suggest you get an XFX Pro 650w Core PSU instead, like the one I have. This brand is, IMHO, the best brand for 850w or less PSUs.
If you get that XFX 650w PSU, you can OC however much you want, regardless if you get the factory OCd card or a regular one and OC it yourself.
RAM - The Corsair XMS line has very high failure rates, I would avoid it. Instead I would suggest you get this 8GB-Kit Kingston HyperX blu PC3-10667U CL9. Kingston is tied for the lowest failure rates with my favorite company (Crucial), but your website doesn't have 2x 4GB of Crucial RAM so that is the next best thing.
Hard drive - I would get Samsung Spinpoint F3 if you can. Everyone who gets one of those seems to be happy with it. Samsung is the quality leader in hard drives.
I would tell you to get the Asus 24B1ST CD Drive, but that website doesn't appear to have it. That one constantly gets perfect marks.
You could try this one instead ASUS DRW-24B3LT Bulk SATA schwarz
I can't seem to get the XFX Pro 650w Core PSU instead when I search I end up with this Cooler Master GX Series PSU, 80Plus Bronze - 650 Watt is it a good choice?
April 5, 2012 1:12:20 AM
I don't mind ordering from other sites as long as they ship to Ireland.
April 5, 2012 1:22:53 AM
I have found the XFX P1-650S-UKB9 Pro Series Core Edition 650W Power Supply (PSU) on Scan.co.uk though I'm unsure if they ship to Ireland. I can't seem to find the Asus 24B1ST CD Drive anywhere in either the UK or Ireland though.
You can't really improve it with the restrictions you have.
Anything else you do wouldn't really increase quality that much and would entail a price hike.
I prefer Gigabyte motherboards over Asrock, for instance, but as much as I hate to admit it, Asrock does do a pretty good job for a competitor whose primary value position is that it is the cheapest thing out there.
I think I mentioned it before, but you could get a 560 TI or 6950 and just OC it yourself for less than the factory OCd card. It would take like 30 seconds and save you like 20 euros.
April 5, 2012 6:40:50 AM
Would upgrading to this hard drive Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB SATA-II 32MB Cache be worth it for gaming because I'm about €50 under-budget.
Thanks for all your advice, but I'll stick with the 560 ti as I can't stretch my hardware budget any further and I would prefer 1TB of storage space than a slightly faster video card. Again, thanks for all your advice as I probably couldn't have gotten the same quality of parts without you.
Sorry, I read that last post wrong. Somehow I read "ordering" and registered "using". I have been tired lately.
Anyway, I have no reason to believe the B3ST is any worse than average as far as CD drives go. I don't know any specific ratings figures for the B3ST, but it sounds like it is at least somehow related to the B1ST which is hugely successful so that is a plus.
I would make the leap give the B3ST a try in your position.