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My first pc build- proposal

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November 6, 2012 5:46:52 PM

Hey guys, so I am currently planning my first ever PC. I am aiming to get a basic gaming machine, as cheap as possible. The aim was £300-£400 (though I seem to have gone a bit over that.) After extensively research (on this site and others) this is what I have decided upon so far:


Intel Core i3 3220 Dual Core CPU


ASRock Z77 Pro4-M Intel Z77 (Socket 1155) DDR3 Micro ATX


Asus HD 7850 DirectCU II V2 2048MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card


8gb ddr3


Seagate Barracuda 3.5 inch 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB 6GB/S Internal SATA Drive

Cooler Master RC-430-KWN1 Elite 430 Midi Tower with Window

Power supply:
OCZ OCZ-CXS500W-UK CoreXStream Series 500W Power Supply -

Any feedback you guys could provide on this would be very much appreciated.

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November 6, 2012 6:34:44 PM

Oh and I was also wanting to check if you guys thought a 500W psu would be enough for this.

Thanks again
November 6, 2012 7:24:57 PM

plenty.....too much really......

try to save enough for a small cheap ssd....use it as a cache drive.....

best upgrade you could possibly do....

id also try to find a more reputable psu....antec, nzxt, seasonic, corsair, and lately rosewill has had a cppl good cheapos....
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November 6, 2012 7:34:22 PM

Thanks for the reply!

You think thats a bad PSU? I admit the main reason I picked that was one was that it was cheap and seemed to have decent reviews.

Just how much difference would an SSD make? I did consider getting one and putting windows and the old republic onto it, but it seemed an unnessiary luxuary. You think it would make a noticeable difference?
November 6, 2012 7:36:18 PM

(Oops I submitted that before it was ready and apparently I can't edit it)

I realize the PSU/GPU may be a little much for a basic machine but I was hoping that spending a little more on that would make the machine last a bit longer, the machine is primarily for gaming and I thought those two parts would mean it could still run modern games in 2/3 years.
November 7, 2012 2:52:59 PM

So I ordered the PC today,

I took the good advice I got here and bought this PSU- Does that seem better?

I also picked up a slightly cheaper MSI version of the same GPU maybe ASUS is a better brand that MSI but I put the extra cash into the PSU, it seemed a solid trade off.

I also picked up a slightly different motherboard in the end

Ok so I spent more than I intended to but I think I have now got a very solid PC. At least I don't see any part that is bad (considering the budget). Like I said this is my first try at building a PC, I hope I have done a decent job selecting parts.