New Build - Motherboard / Memory / GPU Advice

hi guys,

i've started purchasing my pc parts and am looking for some help deciding what motherboard and memory to buy.

so far i've bought:
1. case: NZXT phantom
2. hdd: 3tb western digital green
3. ssd: samsung 840 series 250gb
4. psu: cosair ax850

need to purchase:
1. heat sink: Phanteks PH-TC14PE CPU Cooler
2. cpu: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.40Ghz (Ivy Bridge) Socket LGA1155
3. motherboard
4. memory
5. gpu

Aiming at a black and blue theme.

MOTHERBOARD
could you guys please advise me which is the best motherboard for around the £150? (guess the maximum i would want to spend is £200) The options I was considering were:

- Asus P8Z77-V PRO Intel Z77 (Socket 1155) DDR3 Motherboard
- Gigabyte Z77X-UP4 TH Intel Z77 (Socket 1155) DDR3 Motherboard
- Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H Intel Z77 (Socket 1155) DDR3 Motherboard

i'm not sure if £150 is the right price for a general gaming pc.


MEMORY -Cosair vengenance low profile 8 or 16gb


GPU - maximum spend £300
Gigabyte ATi Radeon HD 7950 Windforce 3X 3072MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card

I would really appreciate any advice you have and happy to consider any alternatives you can suggest please. Really could do with the help!!
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  1. actually, you seem to know what you are doing.

    you can never go wrong with ASUS, Gigabyte, Asrock mobos.

    7950 is great vid. :)

    Note: Best CPU cooler in the market is CM 212 Hyper Evo for the price/performance.
  2. Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H or asus pro, get the cheaper of those two.
    For gaming you just need 8GB of ram.
    If you can afford to spend 300£ in a card get the 7970 : http://www.scan.co.uk/products/3gb-gigabyte-radeon-hd-7970-overclocked-5500mhz-gddr5-28nm-gpu-1000mhz-2048-cores-dvi-i-hdmi-2x-mdp-

    Or else just stay with the 7950.
    For the cooler if you want a high performance one with the color you want, either the PH-TC14PE or this one : http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HS-013-PT
  3. thanks for the feedback guys. i like the phanteks cooler, so will be going for that.

    is there any difference between the gigabyte and asus pro?

    what would you opt for? disregard the colours.
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