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November 11, 2012 4:52:42 PM

I'm build a new pc( my budget is around £600). My spec are:
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£159.10 @ Amazon UK)

Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£63.32 @ Scan.co.uk)

Memory: Kingston 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£60.98 @ Dabs)

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£68.76 @ Scan.co.uk)

Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card (£149.74 @ Scan.co.uk)

Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.98 @ Novatech)

Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer (£15.92 @ CCL Computers)

Other: Casecom KM-6988 Black Mid Tower Case with Full Black (£24.99)
Total: £592.79
are they good for gaming and is there anything better for the price

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November 11, 2012 4:57:27 PM

You don't need 16gb of memory. 8gb will be more than any game will need. Save the money and get 8gb and possibly bump up to a 7870.
November 11, 2012 5:03:19 PM

Everything looks fairly well balanced, although if you're not overclocking, you won't need a Z77 motherboard. You could save a bit of money on that, but otherwise, everything looks fairy balanced. :D 

It seems solid for a balance between gaming and productivity, however if you wanted to purely game...

If you're going pure gaming, you could do a little bit better. 8GB RAM would be standard for a gamer's build, and you wouldn't need 2TB of storage for gaming.

I wouldn't change much, but here's how I'd build it. I'd stick with a lower clocked i5, since clock rates don't affect gaming as much as higher end video cards, get myself a B75 motherboard since I wouldn't be overclocking (B75 is like a Z77 with some trivial features missing, like overclocking), downgrade to a 1TB hard drive, get 8GB of RAM (most modern games hardly use 4GB in the first place), and use the saved money to purchase a much, much better graphics card.

This build is better for gaming, and you'll save a few pounds.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/njHc
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/njHc/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/njHc/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£132.85 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-E33 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£45.30 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£30.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£52.88 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£216.98 @ Dabs)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.98 @ Novatech)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer (£13.98 @ Novatech)
Other: Casecom KM-6988 Black Mid Tower Case with Full Black (£24.99)
Total: £567.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-11 19:02 GMT+0000)

If you wanted to keep that CPU, and also if you really want 16GB of RAM, this build still fits under 600 pounds. The changes I made weren't huge changes, except for the graphics card. You could get possible 20 or more fps in games with a 7950 vs. a 7850.

Hope I helped!
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November 11, 2012 7:26:07 PM

Firstly thanks for the quick support

I picked the 2tb because i noticed its only £10 more than 1tb and I'm not sure about the proccessor will it be able to handle high loads. lastly will the motherboard be compatible with my case?
November 11, 2012 9:05:42 PM

The Mobo will fit the case just fine. Also, as far as gaming is concerned, your processor won't have any problems. The graphics card is far more important. For example, an i3 with a 7950 will blow away an i5 with a 7850. Your processor is great and will be for some time.
November 12, 2012 3:09:57 PM

Are you saying as long as they both have the same amount of cores, the only difference is the clock
November 12, 2012 3:38:10 PM

That is only true when comparing same brand/ same generation processors.
November 12, 2012 4:07:18 PM

yeh so a 3570 and3470?
November 12, 2012 4:35:10 PM

Yes the difference between those is .20ghz
November 12, 2012 5:56:23 PM

What would be the best mobo and cpu combo for my pc and dont really car much about the mobo as long as it's compatible
November 12, 2012 7:10:52 PM

Do you plan to overclock?
November 12, 2012 7:51:18 PM

Not really i Might in the future but not likely
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