Brand New UK Build ($1200)

Hi All

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget Range: Up to $1200

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade:

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Individual websites here in the UK given that we have no real equivalent of Newegg

Location: UK

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Unlikely

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments:

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Perhaps unsurprisingly, my current 5 year old MAC is incapable of doing anything well, particularly gaming, hence the build!

Have spent the last couple of days visiting fantastic websites such as this one, in order to research how I might go about putting together my very first, self-built gaming PC. I have come up with the attempt below and would appreciate any feedback others may have regarding the build e.g. compatibility issues, poor value, missing components etc.

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K (£168.61 @ CCL Computers)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 (£26.65 @
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£104.12 @
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£29.76 @
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£56.10 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£239.99 @
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V (£49.98 @ Novatech)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.96 @
Case - Still looking, but will likely spend about $80, recommendations most welcome. Was thinking of buying one with a a window, although this is not an absolute requirement

Total: £687.17 ($1100)

One of my main concerns is whether the 550W PSU I have chosen will be sufficient for moderate overclocking in the future. I did spend quite a while debating whether to spend an extra $40 to buy a 750W PSU on the chance that I decided to crossfire at some point. Does anybody have any thoughts on this?

I have intentionally not chosen an SSD as my budget is $1200 or less and load times do not overly concern me if it means I can spend more on a GPU.

I am open to suggestion regarding which 7950 brand to choose. I have gone with the MSI Twin Frozr because here in the UK it is the cheapest of the brands (I have seen recommended), with the exception of the XFX version (but which was poorly reviewed). I will do a little more searching but may consider the Sapphire Vapor-X and HIS IceQ Boost as these are the two most likely to be at prices approaching that of the MSI here in the UK, albeit a little more expensive. Does the performance of either justify a $15 to $30 price differential over the MSI?

Thank you. :)
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  1. LOL, thank you. I actually only meant to start one thread! Not sure how that happened doh.
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