Budget Gaming build suggestions

Hello all, I know i have created many topics about my build but this is my first build and i really really cannot afford to mess it up so please suggest me a system for a MAX budget of £670


Approximate Purchase Date: Next few weeks


Budget Range: £650-670


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing the web.


Are you buying a monitor: No


Do you need to buy OS: No


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No real preference


Location: Yorkshire, England


Parts Preferences: No real preference


Overclocking: Yes, in the future


SLI or Crossfire: No


Your Monitor Resolution: Single monitor, 1920x1080


Thanks in advance.
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  1. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£144.05 @ Amazon UK)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£69.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£30.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£72.16 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card (£191.74 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.98 @ Novatech)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) (£72.08 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Total: £642.92
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-22 16:30 GMT+0000)
  2. Which build is better for gaming? I would like it to be fairly future proof, like play games at good settings for like 5 years.

    Build 1:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£168.84 @ Amazon UK)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£26.65 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£95.06 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£30.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£41.05 @ CCL Computers)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card (£172.33 @ Amazon UK)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£39.95 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£73.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Total: £660.79
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-22 16:51 GMT+0000)

    Build 2:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£168.84 @ Amazon UK)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£26.65 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£77.60 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£30.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£41.05 @ CCL Computers)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£215.99 @ Dabs)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£39.95 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.98 @ Novatech)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Total: £662.98
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-22 16:55 GMT+0000)

    Thanks in advance.
  3. Please help i can't decide between the two builds, one is more future proof whilst not as good short term but they are the same price, omgggg!
  4. Well, HD 7950 definitly more future proof than hd 7870, but not by much.

    7950> 7870( Notice how the 9 is higher than the 8, the 7 is just the series number)

    I am pretty sure 7950 is better than 7870 both long term and short term. I don't know what you mean by one being more future proof but no as good short term.
  5. Build 1 has a Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H which allows CrossFire but the Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H doesn't, and build 1 has a 750W PSU whilst build 2 has 550W, so you need to take them into conclusion too. Which is better now?
    Thanks in advance.
  6. Can anybody help please im really struggling to choose out of the 2 builds D:
  7. Well this thread was useful ._. comon guys please ._.
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