Really don't know where to start. Please help.

So I've been considering trading in my consoles and moving over to PC for a while now. I'm on an extremely poor laptop currently which struggles with the most basic of games. I would feel confident in putting it together. Selecting the parts however is a different story.

I've lurked and looked around a lot but can't get a solid idea in my head. I'd appreciate any help on builds. The PC would mostly be used for gaming and video editing. So looking to play on the highest settings. My budget is quite modest unfortunately.

Approximate Purchase Date: Around a month.

Budget Range: £400 (roughly) $630-700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming - Video editing >

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes (Don't include the OS in the budget)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No preference. Cheapest possible.

Location: England

Parts Preferences: I'm under the impression that Intel is the path to take but again go with your best judgement with the budget available.

Overclocking: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution1920x1200

Additional Comments: If possible I'd like to get the absolute maximum out of the newer games.

Thank's a lot to anyone that helps. If you need to know more please just ask.
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  1. Bump.
  2. Been putting something together. Still missing a graphics card. Got around 150 to spend on one. Let me know how I could improve this or save some cash :)

    PCPartPicker part list:
    Price breakdown by merchant:

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: MSI Z77A-GD55 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($132.86 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Western Digital Scorpio Black 500GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($66.68 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: CoolMax 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($25.97 @ Newegg)
    Total: $560.45
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-09 12:41 EST-0500)
  3. If you're in England, don't pick the american pcpartpicker, some of the parts are more expensive there, others might not even be there.
    Here's a list within 400£, a bit more, but about 400-410£ :

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor (£86.99 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: MSI B75MA-P45 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£45.30 @
    Memory: GeIL Enhance CORSA 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£30.23 @ CCL Computers)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£38.40 @ Aria PC)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card (£126.94 @
    Case: BitFenix Merc Alpha (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£29.99 @ Aria PC)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£36.98 @ Novatech)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.40 @ Aria PC)
    Total: £406.23
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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