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June 20, 2012 1:00:19 PM

Hey guys this is my first time building a pc. Ive spent a bit of time researching and choosing parts but i'm pretty new to this.

Approximate Purchase Date: in about 2 or 3 weeks

Budget Range: £700 for pc around £200 for monitor keyboard and mouse.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming (bf3 etc) + other home uses (email, internet etc)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: amazon uk or other reputable uk site.

Country: UK

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: Probably in the future

SLI or Crossfire: Yes in a year or so

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

These are the parts which I have been looking at:
CPU: i5-3570k - £175 (only £10 more than 2500K)
GPU: Sapphire 7850 2gb OC £190 (worth the extra money over a 560ti for the vram?)
Motherboard: AsRock Z77 Extreme4 £110
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus £50 (or Coolermaster Storm Enforcer £68 what would you advise?)
RAM: 2x4gb Corsair Vengeance low profile 1600Mhz £41
HDD : Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB SATA3 £68
PSU: Corsair GS600 600W £60 (is this enought to run sli?)
Drive: Asus DRW-24B5ST 24x £14

Total: £708-£726

All the prices are from amazon uk.
I plan to buy another 7850 in a year or so.

I was just wondering if you guys could tell me if I have made any errors or if there is a much better (or cheaper) option that I should be looking at.
The components above are slightly more expensive than i would like but if its going to run games well, be able to oc and have good upgradeability im willing to spend a few extra pounds.

Also do you have any sugggestions for a good monitor 22"-24". I've been looking at the Acer S243HLBMI but its rather more than i would like to spend at £166.
For the keyboard: Microsoft Sidewinder X4 at £32

Thanks very much for taking the time to read :) 

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June 20, 2012 3:49:53 PM

the gtx560ti has a 2gb variant http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-DirectCU-Graphics-Technolo... its £20 less than the 7850, but the 7850 is fine. Personally I don't like Acer stuff, I find it to be cheap, poor quality so here's a 22" monitor from LG http://www.amazon.co.uk/LG-IPS225V-Performance-Widescre... The case is more of a personal choice so whichever one you want, they both work. You're also going to want an aftermarket CPU cooler. Get the 212 EVO http://www.amazon.co.uk/COOLER-MASTER-RR-212E-16PK-R1-C... it's a great cooler for the money. But if you are not overclocking right away the stock cooler will work fine allowing you to hold off on a new cooler.
June 20, 2012 4:08:38 PM

I'd stick with the 7850. It'll outperform the 560ti (its comparable to the GTX 570), and sips electicity. it needs just a single 6-pin controller. two of them could run with ease on a 550W psu
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June 20, 2012 4:36:57 PM

thanks for the replies.

So what power supply would you recommened for either of these two cards in sli/crossfire.
I was originally planning to use the GS600 but ive been told that for sli/crossfire i should be looking more towards 750W e.g. corsair 750tx v2 but that seems too much. What would be good value and give me a bit of head room?
June 20, 2012 7:16:09 PM

for a pair of HD 7850s, I'd consider the Corsair CX 600 or the Seasonic M12 II 520W both sufficient
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