Advice on £400-450 Gaming Rig

Approximate Purchase Date: After the New year

Budget Range: £400 - £450 after shipping, there is no such thing as rebates in the UK :(

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and nothing else

Are you buying a monitor: Maybe, 19-23" at 1080

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,,,

Location: Manchester or Loughborough

Parts Preferences: Which ever is cheaper, I am partial to AMD cause its more bang for buck.

Overclocking: Maybe in the future but not right away

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: reliability if anything

Why Are You Upgrading: My laptop wont cut it anymore

Here is what I have come up with so far:
CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 965 BE - £69.00 from WAE+
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 - £53 from ebuyer
HDD: Seagate 500GB 3.5" SATA lll 6GB/s - £47 from ebuyer
Case and PSU: Coolermaster Elite 330 Case With Coolermaster eXtreme Power 500W PSU - £58 from ebuyer
RAM: Crucial 8GB DDR3 1600 Mhz - £30 from ebuyer
Video Card: Sapphire 7850 2GB - £135 from WAE+
TOTAL: 392 give or take a bit, with delivery.
Already have an optical drive, mouse and keyboard.

My worries are with the PSU, whether or not if it can be relied upon, also I have a 27" 1080p LCD TV but I think it might be too big as my university room is rather small, how do TVs compare with monitors, it has a HDMI connection so it can connect to the 7850 with just a HDMI cable.

Any improvements to to performance or decreasing price, I was thinking of just overclocking the GPU and CPU in a few years if they start to lag behind but with that I will make sure to add sufficient cooling and such.

Many Thanks,
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  1. Hello,
    As you are in the UK you should get this cpu if it is solely for gaming

    Much better gaming performance and I'm not even a fanboy, usually favour AMD anyway. In addition to this, any b75 mobo will be fine

    if you have the extra cash, get this graphics card
  2. Replied to my own post
  3. Ouch def no go with the Xtremepower line of CM PSUs - if this is affordable for ya a full ebuyer config
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