My friend and I have both decided to build PCs, using the same parts for each. We're trying to build as good a PC as we can for about £1000 - £1200. In terms of what each of us will be doing with it - we'll probably be using it mainly for gaming, and then other than that, playing videos and maybe some graphics work.
I've done a fair amount of research, and have come up with the below build. Can anyone comment? It'll probably turn out that my research is terrible and it's a horrible PC haha, but any feedback is appreciated! We've already picked up the processor as it was on sale on Amazon for £150 - so that's non negotiable, but everything else can be changed if there are better options.
We're both completely new to building PCs, but are looking at it as a learning experience. In particular, I don't really know much about power supplies, memory, and cases so any general comments on what we should look for in relation to them would be great. I want to make sure all the parts will fit in the case without much hassle haha.
Approximate Purchase Date:: We're aiming for mid-November/end of November to complete the build, but will be buying parts from now until then.
Budget Range: £1000 ideally. If something can /really/ be made better for a small amount above that, we'll consider that.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, watching HD video, music, internet browsing.
Are you buying a monitor: Not required at the moment, although will probably upgrade eventually, so any suggestions would be ace.
Parts to Upgrade: New system build, so everything!
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: We'll consider anything in the UK. Ideally somewhere like Amazon, Scan, Overclockers or Ebuyer. Retail stores are an option too.
Location: Merseyside, England.
Parts Preferences: As noted earlier, the Core i5-3570k is non-negotiable. We've already bought that. We're also liking the look of the HIS HD 7950 IceQ BOOST (free Sleeping Dogs, at the moment, what's not to like? ), but if there are better options within that price range, we'll easily scrap it.
We also want an SSD drive to throw the operating system on etc.
Overclocking: We're both new to PC builds and have never overclocked before. That said, we'd be happy to try it - it's all a learning experience.
SLI or Crossfire: Not at the moment, but might be an option in the future to upgrade.
Your Monitor Resolution: No particular preference, but 1920 x 1080 gaming would be nice.
Additional Comments: Given that we might try overclocking in the future, a cool PC would be nice. We don't want to shell out for water cooling however. Quietness would also be a plus.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: We're both currently playing on laptops, we've got a bit of extra money, and so an upgrade would be great!