Is this a waste of money compared to Pre-built Systems, and what would my bottleneck be for medium gaming?
£165.22 CPU Intel i5 3570K Quad 3.4Ghz
£38.37 CPU Cooler Thermalright HR-02 Macho
£51.55 Motherboard Asus P8B75-M LE Micro ATX
£41.89 RAM Patriot Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600
£67.64 Hard Drive Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200RPM 3.5"
£90.18 Graphics Card XF Radeon HD 6850 1GB
£161.11 Case Lian-Li PC-U6B MicroATX Mid-Tower
£35.91 PSU Corsair Builder 430W ATX12
£9.50 Disk Drive Cheapest Money can buy
£29.22 SSD OCZ Vertex Plus 60GB SATA-300 2.5"
CPU is fine.
Great choice for CPU cooler.
Just be aware you can't overclock on the B75 and I think they're less feature rich than H/Z 77.
RAM seems a little expenisuive given that Corsair vengeance LP's can be had for about £35 and you can get crucial Ballistix for £27.
HDD is fine for a media storage HDD.
HD 6850 is a little anaemic these days.
Case is way too expensive to me, I'd pay about £100 max, but cases are personal things.
PSU is fine for your set up but may struggle if you upgrade.
Cheap DVDRW is the way forward.
A bit of a rubbish SSD.
Overall not bad, the main bottleneck will be the HD6850 in games as CPU and RAM will easily keep pace. I'll see if i can put something together for you as a suggestion.
Intel Core i5-3450 3.10GHz (Ivybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor (77W) - Retail #49752
550W OCZ ZS Series 80PLUS Bronze Power Supply #45457
GIGABYTE GA-B75M-D3V Intel B75 Socket 1155 DDR3 PCI-Express Motherboard #51972
Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl Midi Tower Soundproof Case #51254
MSI Power Edition Radeon HD 7850 OC 2048MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card + 1 FREE Game!
Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) Ballistix Sport DDR3 1600MHz CL9 1.5v 240pin £26.98
Western Digital 2TB Green SATA-600 64MB 3.5" £77.98
Sandisk 128GB SSD SATA 6Gb/s 2.5" Solid State Drive £64.99
Sony 24x DVD-RW SATA Black Bare Internal Drive £11.98
Total Price £695.40
I've stepped down the CPU and case and changed them for a better GPU and SSD.
According to Lian Li's website the PC-U6B can fit heatsinks up to 140mm tall, although I believe the Vortez.net review states that heatsinks up to 150mm tall will fit.
The HR-02 Macho is 160mm tall, so it won't fit in the U6B with the side panel on.
I think it's fine to get an expensive case, but it does seem a bit strange when most of the other parts in the build are budget parts.