First time build, need advice

Hey all,

I’m looking to put together a budget build for the express purpose of some light gaming. I won’t be playing ultra-demanding games, I will mainly be playing LoL and Starcraft 2. I’m not bothered about running everything on the highest settings possible, medium settings would be fine for me.

I’m on quite a tight budget, I’m looking to put the whole thing together for no more than £270. This is my first time building my own computer, so I apologise in advance for any stupid questions. This is the build that I’ve come up with so far:

Motherboard Bundle from Novatech. This includes a Micro ATX motherboard with the Intel H61 chipset, an Intel Pentium G870 dual core processor at 3.1 GHz and 4GB of RAM with a frequency of 1333 MHz. It comes pre-assembled and tested and costs £120.

Gigabyte GeForce GT 640 OC. Not really sure why I chose this. It was recommended to me by a friend who said it would be good for what I wanted.

Western Digital Caviar Blue 160GB (7200rpm) SATA 8MB 3.5 inch Hard Drive (Internal). I just went for a cheap 160GB HDD since I don’t really plan on using much hard drive space.

Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x Internal SATA DVD Multi Writer. I just went for the cheapest DVD writer I could find.


Novatech Cougar 5 with 500W PSU. I went for this as it seems like a good case and it was cheaper than buying a case and PSU separately.

So that is my prospective build. Do I have everything I need? Are all the parts compatible? Are any parts I’ve chosen dreadful? Are there better items that I could get within my limited budget? Any feedback would be appreciated.
Thank you.

EDIT: I forgot to say, I already have a keyboard, mouse, monitor and OS so I don’t need to purchase those.
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  1. ok so i will comment on the gpu , i will probably go for a amd 7750 its is better than the gt 640 and costs the same. if you want to get more bang for you money and most performance add some more money and go with a 7770 or a gtx 550ti.
  2. Thank you for pointing out the 7750 to me. I looked it up and Novatech are doing a deal right now where you get Far Cry 3 for free with the Gigabyte 7750. Since it's a better GPU than the GT 640, I'll definitely go with that!
  3. why wouldn't go with an amd build instead of that low end intel?
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