First time build

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget Range: Approx £800 not inclusing Mobo

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, video capture/editing, internet browsing, movies

Are you buying a monitor:No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Location: UK

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Additional Comments: (Want good performance, hopefully quiet, and want to SLI/ crossfire in the future.)

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: (e.g. I'm having trouble running game X or my PSU broke)

These are the list of parts I have assembled already, everything being interchangable apart from the Mobo as I've already got that for free.

I need some advice on my current parts. Does this build look good to you guys? Anything you'd change?Feel free to suggest better alternatives to the ones I have (Except for the motherboard, that has to stay the same since I'm getting it for free) And if someone could suggest a good PSU, case, and cooling units, that would be fantastic.

Pretty much any advice would help

Thanks in advance.

Motherboard [...] -z77a-gd65

Processor [...] 0637i53570

Graphics Card (Will want a second to SLI in the future) [...] i-hdmi-2x-

RAM [...] 2a1600c10r

HDD [...] t3000dm001

SDD [...] -s-35k-iop

OS [...] -gfc-02050
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  1. 1. I was about to say that you could change your board to h77 since you won't oc but nvm, since your getting it for free. It's just that I'm not into msi boards.

    2. If you dont intend to OC, you don't need any cooler. stock cooler will do fine for you.

    3. If you want to save some money, you could also go for i5 3470, significant price drop for insignificant performance gap. But if you have that budget then might aswell stick with the 3570.

    4. Your gpu and ssd link is broken.

    5. I checked the psu list from your seller and I recommend these,
    -If you have the budget,
    -If you want to save, lesser tier than ax series but still great quality

    Check this out if you'll ask why I pick that brand/series from the list. And If you could find other brand also from your seller that is on higher tier from this link.
  2. What do you mean broken? How do I remedy this?
    Sorry i'm very much a newbie when it comes to this kind of thing, a friend of mine just suggested posting here for advice.

  3. I mean I cant access the link you posted. I can't check your video card and ssd.
  4. OHHHHHHH *facepalm*

    I made the list just before Christmas, I guess they are out of stock now then.

    Any GPU / SSD suggestions?
  5. The Nvidia GTX 670 series has been suggested, and I just want a decent SSD for my OS and main programs, everything else will be on a 3tb HDD
  6. i went over £800. since you already have the z77 board you might want to consider getting a 3570k because the z77 is an overclocking board. you can save some money by getting the i5-3470. you could save another £10 by getting the i5-3350P. you could also get 8GB of ram and save £30.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£140.99 @ Aria PC)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£66.19 @
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£69.54 @ Aria PC)
    Storage: Sandisk Extreme 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£70.97 @ Amazon UK)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (£302.00 @ Amazon UK)
    Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case (£51.97 @ Amazon UK)
    Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£72.90 @
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.98 @
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£59.94 @ Aria PC)
    Total: £847.48
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-05 17:54 GMT+0000)
  7. Thanks man!

    I didn't know the barod was an overlocking board, but I was getting it for free so I didn't really look into it too much. But since I'm not really looknig to overclock, since I have no experience in that, which CPU would you suggest? Or should I just bow to your superiour knowledge and just get what you have suggested? :P

    Thanks again.
  8. if you get a 3570k you can overclock it to 4.2GHz by pretty much changing the multiplier to 42. you can get a higher overclocks but it usually involves changing more settings. there are a ton of guides. if you did overclock you would need a better cpu cooler. if you have no intention on overclocking just get the 3470. its your decision.
  9. Well thanks for all your advice mate, much appreciated.
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