My First New Build

Hey this is my first time attempting to build a computer. I am aiming to build an average gaming computer.
Any advice on

reducing cost (already stretching my budget!)
actually building the pc
how good this pc will be (assuming it works!)

Im living in the UK, so unfortunately I don't have access to Neweggs so detailed information will be using

Case: Coolermaster Elite 430 All Black Interior Mid Tower Case with Side Window

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 Socket AM3+ 7.1 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard

CPU: AMD FX-4 4100 Black Edition 4 Core 3.6Ghz Socket AM3+ 8MB L3 Cache Retail Boxed Processor

RAM: Kingston 8GB DDR3 1600MHz HyperX XMP Memory

Graphics: XFX HD 6850 1GB DDR5 VGA DVI HDMI PCI-E Graphics Card

PSU: Antec 520W High Current Gamer PSU

Optical: Pioneer BDR-207DBK SATA Blu-Ray Optical Drive | OEM

HDD: Seagate 500GB Barracuda Internal Hard Drive

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Complete package

£593.66 / $ 949.86
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  1. Man for that kind of money I'd scrap that whole build - you can get a way better system. Try something like this:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£142.98 @
    Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£72.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£41.90 @ CCL Computers)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£47.09 @ CCL Computers)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card (£143.74 @
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£64.94 @
    Power Supply: Corsair 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£69.99 @ Ebuyer)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On DS-8A8SH DVD/CD Writer (£20.87 @ Amazon UK)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) (£72.94 @ CCL Computers)
    Total: £677.44
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-07 22:46 BST+0100)

    Almost the exact same price and you get a way better CPU, GPU, case, and PSU.
  2. Does parts include warranty.

    The price I listed included warranty sorry

    Actual price is £593.66 / $ 949.86

    How do you find parts with a specific budget range? Is it from experience or just filtering?
  3. Quote:
    Does parts include warranty.

    All manufacturers have their own warranties and by law they have to honor them. My experience in buying store warranties is that you're just throwing money away.

    How do you find parts with a specific budget range? Is it from experience or just filtering?

    Mainly experience. If my work tells me I have to find a specific part in a price range I can usually pick out pretty good stuff for the most part.
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