Gaming Builds For Me & My Brother

Hello all, me and my brother are going to be purchasing components to build our gaming PC's next week.

He has a budget of £430, I have a budget of £700.

He has an OS, Mouse and Keyboard, Monitor and Case.

I have an OS, HDD, Mouse and Keyboard and Monitor.

Could I please have some assistance as I'm new to this, I've had a go at selecting parts anyhow!

Would this be good for my brother?: Budget £430

MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-Z77-DS3H Intel Z77 Socket 1155 DDR3 PCI-Express Motherboard - £71

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.10GHz (Ivybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor (77W) - Retail - £145

GPU: XFX Radeon HD 6850 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express - £89

RAM: 4GB Mushkin Enhanced Silverline #996768 (2x2GB) 1333 (PC3-10666) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM CAS 9-9-9-24 1.5V - £26

PSU: Novatech PowerStation Gaming 500W Silent ATX2 Modular Power Supply - £42.98

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 16MB Cache Hard Drive SATA 6GB/s 8.5ms 7200rpm - OEM - £52.98

Total: £426

I'm not sure what would be better an i5 with 4GB of ram, or an i3 with 8GB of ram. Keeping within the budget.

For me: Budget £700. I'm really not bothered by flashy cases either, cheep and cheerful is good for me as long as it all fits and has good air flow.

MOBO: MSI Z77A-G43 Intel Z77 Socket 1155 DDR3 PCI-Express Motherboard - £74.99

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.40GHz (Ivybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor (77W) - Retail - £175

CPU heat sink: be quiet! Shadow Rock Pro Quiet CPU Cooler £36.95

GPU: MSI Twin FrozR III Radeon HD 7850 OC 2048MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card - £190

RAM: Corsair Vengeance Low Profile 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (CML8GX3M2A1600C9) - £42.95

PSU: 630W be quiet! PURE POWER CM L8-CM 80PLUS Bronze Modular Power Supply - £68

Case: ARIANET StealthX Black Midi Tower Chassis - £32

SSD: Crucial m4 64GB 2.5" SATA-III Solid State Hard Drive - £61.64

Total: £681

There we go, so could you please help me with this and suggest different parts if you believe they will benefit us more.

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  1. Just to add we live in the UK and I will most likely overclock our PC's after I have fully researched how if that helps things!
  2. An i5 with 4GB of RAM is better. There are 6GB RAM sticks you can get. They're 2 sticks of 3GB, but if you can't get one, 4GB is good enough. I've also never heard of those PSU brands. Maybe I don't know them, but I'll wait for other commentors to say if they're reliable or not.
  3. Be Quiet! is a German PSU Company. They are pretty reliable.
  4. Hello thanks for the responses.

    This is the PSU:

    It has pretty decent reviews.

    Getting the i5 with 4GB of ram (6GB if i can find it) will I need more powerful PSU or is 500W enough?

    As for my PC will that mobo work fine with my GPU?
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