Mediocre build

Hello all!

I've recently decided to build my very first own pc!
Now I know I have to do a lot of research and such, but hey, I'm still going to give it a shot.
Lately I've been reading stuff on the internet and I think I've come up with a basis (read CPU, GPU, mobo).
Now before I make too many choices, I'd like to ask if I have a foundation that could become a decent (mediocre) gaming pc.
I'll elaborate a bit. I'd like to play some modern games, like Hitman, the Witcher 2, but with (high) quality, and a pc that will last me a few years.

My GPU: Radeon HD7700 1GDDR5
CPU: Intel i5 3450 3.1 Ghz
Mobo: MSI z77 G45

Some help with this will be deeply appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

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  1. If this is mostly for gaming, then you're going to be better off buying an i3 with an h77 board, and spending the excess money on a better graphics card.
  2. What's your budget? We may be able to come up with a better build that will meet your needs and perform accordingly.
  3. Thanks for the quick replies, really appreciate it.
    As far as my budget goes, it doesn't really matter that much, I just don't want to play games on my laptop anymore, so around 700-800 euro's would be nice (though I will try to keep it down).
  4. Then yeah, I'd definitely go with an i3 and decently powerful GPU... provided that the rig is mostly for gaming.

    If it isn't, than what you have is good, though I'd try to up the graphics card to at least a 7850.
  5. Do you need a monitor and an operating system such as Windows 7?
  6. My GPU: Radeon HD7700 1GDDR5 <- you need improvement here any cheap 7870 will do :)
    CPU: Intel i5 3450 3.1 Ghz
    Mobo: MSI z77 G45 <- go with B75 or H77 board to squeeze more money, z77 is for overclocking
  7. Thanks Darksable, I looked the i3 up and the h77 and it's a great idea. I will use it only (98%) for gaming, because I have a laptop for the boring stuff.
    To answer DeusAres, yes I'll need a copy of windows 7 and a monitor aswell. I have a keyboard, mouse, speakers and subwoofer.
  8. This is what I would get...

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor (£81.65 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£68.02 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£45.54 @ Aria PC)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card (£174.94 @
    Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case (£31.18 @
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.98 @ Novatech)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.98 @
    Monitor: LG IPS224V-PN 21.5" Monitor (£100.13 @ Amazon UK)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.98 @ Aria PC)
    Total: £634.40
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-23 20:06 GMT+0000)

    Alright, that's better. It has an amazing upgrade path and will easily get you ultra settings in most games.

    If you have any questions, feel free to ask. I hope this helps; good luck!
  9. Wow, thanks so much for helping me out. This looks really good.
    Let's say (for future purposes) that I would have to look for this stuff myself. How would I search? I hope this isn't vague of any kind, but there are just so many components, how would i narrow it down.

    And if I haven't said it already, thanks guys for your amazing help,

  10. Well, for starters, I would hang around these forums and read other people's suggestions. That will generally give you an idea of what to look for in a build and at what budget.

    Then you can use to compile the components in an organized list.
  11. Allright, will do. I seem to enjoy it very much so that won't be a problem.

    Thanks again!
  12. No problem; and good luck!
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