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April 14, 2012 2:50:19 PM

Hi i am looking to build my own computer and have been reading alot of posts and articles around the web to help me choose the components and i need some help making sure that everything is compatable and if there are any suggestions to improve the build. i have a budget of around £700 but at a push £800.
This is what i'm looking at so far:
mobo and CPU bundle: or
Hard drive:

price has to include getting Windows 7 64 bit


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April 14, 2012 3:00:22 PM

Could you possibly use the stickied format at the top of this subforum? It would help us help you. When are you buying?

I'd just go with this setup:

CPU: i5-3750k
Mobo: ASRock Extreme4 Z77
GPU: 7850
PSU: Silencer Mk II 750W
Case: Corsair 400R or HAF 912
HDD: A 1TB $100 7200rpm
RAM: 8GB of DDR3-1600 CAS9 1.5v $45 G.Skill RAM

I think that's about 750... not certain
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April 14, 2012 3:11:36 PM

Approximate Purchase Date:May however there is no specific date when i will be purchasing so if it is qorth waiting a little while i can wait

Budget Range:£700 up £800 if its really worth it

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required:keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: and
Country: UK

Parts Preferences:D on't mind as long as it is good quality

SLI or Crossfire:Maybe

Monitor Resolution:1920x1200
April 14, 2012 4:15:25 PM £65.99 inc. VAT
Cooler Master HAF 912 Plus Black Midi Tower Chassis £62.39 inc. VAT
750W OCZ ZS Series 80PLUS Bronze Power Supply £109.99 inc vat
GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-D3H Intel Z77 (Socket 1155) Motherboard £167.99
(inc. VAT)
Intel i5-3750K Ivy Bridge CPU 3.4Ghz £29.99 inc vat
Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler £32.39 inc. VAT
8GB Mushkin Enhanced Blackline Frostbyte #996995 (2x4GB) 1600 (PC3-12800) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM CAS 9-9-9-24 1.5V £76.98 inc vat
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 64MB Cache Hard Drive SATA 6GB/s 8.5ms 7200rpm - OEM £14.48 inc vat
Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x DVD+/-RW SATA Black - OEM £262.79 inc. VAT
Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2048MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card

or... £187.19 inc. VAT
VTX3D Radeon HD 7850 2048MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card £68.88 inc. VAT
MICROSOFT Windows Home Premium 7 SP1 64-bit EN 1pk - OEM [GFC-02050]
April 28, 2012 8:05:34 PM

is it really worth going for the 7870?
April 28, 2012 8:13:23 PM

That entirely depends on what games you are going to play.