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First build, Help!

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December 17, 2012 12:26:16 PM

After much deliberation and research around the varying reaches of the web i have come up with this set up for my first build.

I want to keep the price under £500, this price including the OS. Here is the system compiled fro pcpartpicker UK

CPU - AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor - £65.94 from Aria PC (Online).

MoBo - ASRock 880GM-LE FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard - £49.61 from Amazon UK.

Memory - 2 lots of AMD Entertainment Edition 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory - £12.49 x 2 = £24.98 from Amazon UK.

Storage - Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive - £57.79 from Amazon UK.

GPU - XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card - £118.96 fro CCL Computers (Online).

Case - Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case - £27.99

PSU - OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply - £55.15 fro Ebuyer (online).

Optical Drive - Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer - £12.92 from

OS - Windows 7 Home Premium - £59.94 from Aria PC.

Final total = £473.28

What do people think? Is there anything you would change? I will be using it on day to day basis and to play games, nothing too hardcore but I would like to run GW2, Far Cry 3, Skyrim ect on decent enough settings. Will the GPU/CPU combo do the job?

All advice will be much appreciated.


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December 17, 2012 2:20:19 PM

i would pick 2x 2gb ram sticks, try getting a newer card from the 7xxx series
December 17, 2012 2:47:40 PM

You probably can save some on the PSU but generally config is good as it is :-)
December 17, 2012 8:06:54 PM

Thanks, what u think of the 7850, £130 on Overclockers?

Also with that GPU, would the CPU be bottlenecking it at all?