New Gaming PC, Build or Buy?

So I am in the process of deciding what parts I am going to get for my new gaming pc but I don't know if I should build it myself (first build) or let someone build it for me.

The specs will probably be something like this:

Intel i5 3570k quad core overclocked 4.6ghz
16Gb Kingston Hyperx Beast 2400mhz RAM
2gb AMD radeon HD 7870
120Gb SSD, 180Gb SSD, 2 TB HDD

This will total up to around £1300 according to pcspecialist.co.uk.

The question is can i get this cheaper if I buy the parts and build it myself? Will there be a significant price difference? Is it safe for an amateur to be doing this kind of thing?

Also are my PC specs good enough for good quality gaming?

This is my first post on this website and as you can probably tell I am a bit of a amateur with all this.

If it helps I have ordered a 27 inch Samsung monitor.
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  1. You can order the parts from several websites and then pay for a shop to assemble the components, it's still cheaper and better.

    See this for e.g. : http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/vyMe
  2. its always cheaper to build it yourself. you will get a much better computer for the same price.

    look at the tech report article and video. if you feel comfortable trying to build it would suggest doing it yourself if not buy it built. im pretty sure you can do it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ea_bs5G1yYU
    http://techreport.com/review/23624/how-to-build-a-pc-the-tech-report-guide
  3. Build it, it's useful information to know what's going on inside the computer and in doing research you will become more knowledgeable. It's also fun!
  4. Thanks for the replys. I am watching tech reports video that jonjonjon posted and I am thinking of getting my parts from pcpartpicker.
    And it will be fun building it.
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