First hom ebuild could really do with advice

Hi all,

I am building a new gaming PC on a budget. I want it to run Rome total war, star wars old republic, world of warcraft and Eve online.

I have a budget of £450 and already have windows 7, monitor, mouse, keyboard etc.

The build I have come up with so far is this -
CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3Ghz

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H Socket 1155 VGA DVI HDMI 7.1 Channel Audio ATX

Graphics: PowerColor HD 6870 PCS+ 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI Dual Mini Display Port HDMI PCI-E

Hard drive: Seagate 1TB Barracuda SATA-III

Memory: 2 x Kingston 4GB DDR3 1333MHz

PSU: Corsair 500W CXM Builder Modular 80 Plus Bronze

Case: Casecom 6788

DVD:Samsung SH-224BB SATA DVD Writer

Total cost so far is £431.77 on Ebuyer

Any advice? Are the pieces compatible?

Many thanks in advance.
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  1. I'm not a guru here, but a couple quick thoughts:

    Link is to Tom's Hardware do it yourself PC for $500. Just a reference and some thoughts in that pricerange

    2. If you place your selected parts into you will get some pricing, compatibility, and total power req'd data

    3. For build itself watch youtube "newegg computer build parts 2 & 3"

    4. Comments on your build: I'd change CPU to I3 ivy bridge, Mem 8 GB 1600 mhz. Finally, no point in a Z77 motherboard (made to overclock) with a non overclocking CPU. Can save some money here to put toward CPU. Like your PSU.

    Good Luck !!
  2. ^^^

    All good points, I would add that the z77 board would make sense if, on a budget you are getting the g860 now and planning to upgrade to an overclockable ivy bridge chip later.

    Also a quick and simple improvement to your list would be a current gen gpu in the same price range, something like:
  3. One thing I would do for sure is swap the graphics card for a HD 7850. Similar price to the 6870 with better performance and 2GB instead of 1GB VRAM.

    Get a decently OC one like this -
  4. My advice is to downgrade the mobo, it's not needed with a cheap Pentium. Use saved money on CPU/GPU.
  5. Thanks all.

    If I upgrade the graphics card to the HD 7850 and the memory to 8 GB 1600 mhz then it takes me up to £488.26. A little over what I was aiming for. What motherboard would you go with?
  6. Here is an idea of what an AMD build can offer.

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£96.95 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£64.99 @ Novatech)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£34.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£50.39 @ Aria PC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card (£157.46 @ 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 @
    Other: Casecom 6788 Case (£35.97)
    Total: £503.27
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    This also gives you the option of over-clocking.

    Reading 2 threads at once and thought your budget was £500 sorry. I will leave this here anyway for reference.
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