My first custom PC


I am making my first custom computer and would like someone to check if I combined all components properly. Please advise.

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP (this week)
Budget Range: £300-500 including
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming - Watching movies - everything else (I use computer a lot)
Are you buying a monitor: No (Got old one HP w19b), 1440 x 900
Parts to Upgrade: Buying new computer
Do you need to buy OS: Yes (planning to buy Windows 7 64-bit from for £50 -
Preferred Website for Parts: or
Location: London, UK (Barking)
Parts Preferences: Reputable names just so that it would be easier to sell (just in case). Not very important though.
Overclocking: Maybe (as I understand it makes computer run faster, so I guess its better). Don't care as long as computer is cost effective.
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (not idea what this is).
Your Monitor Resolution: 1440x900
Additional Comments: Main games are SCII WoL and HotS, Minecraft. Besides these only for movies and studies.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I'm having trouble running SCII WoL. Want a cost-effective computer so that it would play games on medium-high settings for at least 2-3 years and maybe 5 years no lag on low settings.

I have assembled my computer from the following parts:

CASE: Corsair Carbide Series 200R Compact ATX Case Black w/ USB 3.0

PSU: Corsair 500W CX Builder 80 Plus Bronze PSU 3 Year Warranty

Optical drive: Samsung SH-224BB SATA DVD Write Optical Drive | OEM

Hard drive: Seagate 1TB Barracuda 3.5" SATA-III Hard Drive - 7200RPM 64MB Cache

Memory: Extra Value 8GB DDR3 1600MHZ CL11 1.5v

Intel Core i5 3330 3.00GHz Socket 1155 6MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor

Graphics card:
Sapphire HD 7850 OC Edition 2GB Dual DVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Graphics Card

Asus P8Z77-V LX Socket 1155 VGA DVI HDMI 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard

If you think that something is wrong please also let me know why. Thank you very much in advance.


EDIT: Edited to include proposed changes.
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  1. I would say be careful for built in power supplies for so cheap....i would go with a case and buy a power supply. But its a risk you would be taking. it would suck to put nice parts on a cheap psu and have it blow and have to replace them.
  2. So if I make the following adjustments:
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX Socket 1155 VGA DVI HDMI 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard

    PSU: Corsair 500W CX Builder 80 Plus Bronze PSU 3 Year Warranty

    Case: Casecom 5788 All Black Case with Red LED Fan
    (Corsair Carbide Series 200R Compact ATX Case Black w/ USB 3.0 - - seems to be unnecessarily (for me) expensive as I don't know if I will ever need most of the things mentioned in its description)

    Am I good to buy it now? :D
    Also, any advice on the tools that I will need to install all the parts? Never done this before.
  3. So can I buy this computer?
  4. Yeah, i think you are all set. Pull the trigger!
  5. Hmmm. Just looking at the list it strikes me that you can do better. Lets see what happens.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3225 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor (£99.98 @ Amazon UK)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£61.49 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£32.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£37.19 @ Aria PC)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card (£159.98 @ Novatech)
    Case: Xigmatek ASGARD PRO (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£33.91 @ Dabs)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£44.53 @ Ebuyer)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SN-208DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£17.99 @
    Total: £488.06
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-27 22:23 GMT+0000)
  6. A well cooled case.
    An adequate processor as a quad core is not your priority here.
    A stronger GPU... although you do not need it today you will want to upgrade that monitor at some point.
    An H77 board as you will not be overclocking.
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