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First build - £750ish budget

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November 17, 2012 2:55:06 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: £750 (although as you'll see from my proposed build below I don't mind going slightly over budget, but would like to keep it below £800)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Surfing the web, watching TV/movies, some gaming, some CAD/SketchUp

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Everything except monitor, keyboard and mouse

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No real preference

Location: London, England

Parts Preferences: No real preference

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024


This is the build I've come up with after some research, but would like some opinions on it as I've not built a PC before and may have missed a component of similar quality/spec at a better price.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£143.38 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£83.72 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£30.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£70.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£80.00 @ Ebuyer)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card (£149.74 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case (£59.99 @ Amazon.co.uk (although for some reason PCPartPicker doesn't have any merchants listed))
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£63.61 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer (£13.98 @ Novatech)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) (£70.45 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £766.82
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-17 16:20 GMT+0000)

Any comments/suggestions would be much appreciated!

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November 17, 2012 4:17:39 PM

looks good, but I would spend the extra cash on an HD 7870, it has more performance, a decent amount that is worth the upgrade.
November 18, 2012 10:43:50 AM

Thanks for the reply. I've been looking at the Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2GB and the MSI R7870 Twin Frozr 2GD5/OC. Both only cost about £30 more than the 7850 I'd initially looked at. I'm edging towards the Sapphire at the moment, but from what I can tell there isn't a huge difference between them. Are there any reasons for choosing one over the other that I might have missed?
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November 18, 2012 10:26:28 PM

No real difference. The MSI is clocked 5% higher and around 50p cheaper so I'd grab that.
November 19, 2012 7:40:53 PM

Thanks.

So my build looks like this now:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£144.05 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£83.72 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£30.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£80.00 @ Ebuyer)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£59.74 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card (£180.94 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case (£64.98 @ Ebuyer)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£63.61 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer (£13.98 @ Novatech)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) (£70.45 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £792.44
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-19 21:33 GMT+0000)

Is there anything I might have overlooked? I'm pretty certain the 520W PSU is sufficient, but could anyone confirm just to be sure? Thanks.
November 19, 2012 8:44:39 PM

Yeah even the 430W model of that same PSU would be more than fine. Your realistic peak power consumption should be ~250W. You might go a touch over that if you run some stress tests. Just make sure the PSU you choose has enough connectors for the GPU.

Might be worth considering the Samsung 840 SSD, similar price but a newer model.
November 20, 2012 5:30:49 PM

Thanks for the clarification.

Yeah, I was looking at the Samsung 840 SSD but I've read only good things when it comes to the 830 Series, so I'll probably stick with that as it seems to have a pretty good reputation.
November 21, 2012 3:50:43 PM

Fair enough, there won't be a noticeable difference anyway.
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