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£1000 gaming build help

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February 7, 2013 1:24:17 AM

Here is a link to the parts -

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: £1000 max

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (dota2/CoD), surfing the web and the odd photoshop job for college

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: UK Based retailers

Location: UK

Parts Preferences: Intel for the CPU and Radeon for the GPU

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1440x900 (maybe1920x1080 if I upgrade)

Additional Comments: First time building a PC and I want to make sure that all the parts are compatible with each other, I also wanted to make sure this build would work fine with 2 monitors, although I will only be using the main monitor for gaming. Also one big thing that confuses me is all the different versions of the 7950, I dont understand why some are more expensive when they are the same GPU could someone explain the differences between a £250 version and a £300 one, thanks.

Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor - £164.99

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard - £99.99

Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory - £32.99

Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive - £38.40

Samsung 830 Series 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk - £58.08 (Is this SSD fine for just booting windows or will I need more space, for example 128 GB?)

XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card - £217.99

Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case - £143.70

OCZ ZT 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply - £67.99

Sony DDU1681S-0B DVD/CD Drive - £24.27

Total price - £848

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February 7, 2013 1:32:54 AM

You don't need the 7950 for 1440x900, or if you want the 7950, get a new monitor 1080p.
I'd get a 120/128GB ssd, and lower the case down, but still for a good one, for that setup a 500-600w psu will do, the xfx 550 pro is a good option, it's of high quality, it was made by seasonic.
Also get an aftermarket cooler if you want to overclock, the hyper 212 evo is a good choice.
My suggestion :

If you want a monitor :
February 7, 2013 1:38:39 AM

I plan on changing the monitor I guess so i'll stick with the gpu, as for the case I wanted to keep it because I like it, I can always pay more to get a larger sized ssd. Any idea on the different prices of the 7950? :/ 
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February 7, 2013 1:42:22 AM

Because some brands are more expensive, there's always a price variation between the brands, specially the top ones.
But the XFX 7950 is a good card for its price, i'd get that one.
The case seems a bit overkill for the specs you have, but it's your choice, the corsair 300R is a good alternative.
If you can afford to buy the monitor now get it.
February 7, 2013 2:15:03 AM

Will the gpu be fine for dual monitors aswell?
February 7, 2013 2:21:52 AM

Yes, the 7950 supports three monitors, with eyefinity.