I am Thinking of building a gaming pc in the near future. I have found some parts already, but the total is at least £100 over budget. If the only way to get it cheaper is to compromise on quality then I'll just have to pay for it. I plan on playing Minecraft mainly but may end up playing some more graphically intense games in the future (COD WAW, BF3, BO2).
Here are the parts I have so far:
Amd Phenom ii x4 965 BE
Sapphire HD 6870
Asus M5A97 PRO
OCZ 500W modxstream Pro
CoolerMaster Storm Enforcer
Kingston 4GB DDR3 RAM
Sony AD7280S-0B SATA DVD Burner
WD Caviar Blue SATA III 1TB HDD
Monitor, OS, keyboard, mouse not required.
If providing alternatives I would prefer ASUS motherboard and AMD processor but other than that any other makes are fine.
Thanks in advance and sorry for the giant post
It's hard (nigh on impossible!) to build a gaming system for £400, sadly. I'd advise against the build you put together, though. It's old technology and can't be upgraded any further. You can spend the same money approximately and get yourself an Intel S1155-based system which can be upgraded up to an i7 CPU at a later date...much more cost-effective, IMHO.
I would get a Pentium G850 CPU and an Z77 motherboard instead of the AMD options you're currently considering. The G850 can't be overclocked but if you upgrade the CPU later you keep that option open without having to change the motherboard too. If you think you'll never overclock, get an H77 motherboard instead, although the price difference between the two is negligible (H77 motherboards cannot adjust the CPU multiplier, so you can't overclock to any meaningful level).
I would also get a 600W PSU at a minimum to account for future upgrades, and get one from someone like Corsair while you're at it. You could save some money with the chassis, if you scouted around for a cheaper one. Plenty of budget cases out there that would allow you to save half the amount of cash.
I'm pretty much certain it will, that GPU is like 20-30% better than my GTX 460 and that plays anything but Skyrim and BF3 on ultra. Even those 2 I can play on high, just not ultra high. The CPU isn't quite as good as mine unless you do some pretty extreme overclocking, but it's still fine. It won't make much of a difference.