So I already have Case, PSU and if needed an old cd/DVD drive and 500gb HDD
I should have around 650 for the rest. (MoBo, CPU, GPU, SSD?
So this is my predicted build.
Case - Antec 300 already got
PSU - XFX Pro Power 650W already got
CPU - i5 3570K not sure how beneficial IB is over SB.
GPU - 7850/7870 depending on when it comes out possibly GTX 660ti
MoBo - ASrock Extreme 4. I just want at least 16gb ram for future and possible Xfire/SLI of GPU.
RAM - Have no idea of what is good and what is not in RAM
SSD - From what I have seen Crucial M4 128GB are quite good. But I have seen OCZ are alright and pretty cheap. I was thinking of just getting an SSD and when I can afford it a HDD and just install like 2/3 games on it for the time being and it should be good.
OS - I don't want to sound bad but I've heard that it's quite easy to get windows for free.
This is my first build and I have done a hell of a lot of research this past month as I am 14 so money is pretty tight as I aren't a little rich kid that gets what they want from their parents. This is my own hard worked money so I don't want to waste it on a piece of crap that won't last a couple of years. Please say which parts need to be better or which could be better for the money. Thanks in advance.
Save cash and go for a Phenom x4 965 + Asus M5A97 + 7870. Drop the SSD. Its pointless for a gaming system. Invest in a 2TB 7200RPM HDD instead. Stick with 8GB DDR3. You don't need more. Standard games are hard coded for 2GB due to being 32-bit and those that can access more won't push much further.
And I was only going to get 8gb but I might get more in the future as me and abou 5 friends are making a YouTube channel and I am the on,y one who is good with computers and will potentially have the best computer. As more ram for rendering and all that and for music remixing etc.
I'd say stick with the i5; the Phenom II may do the job, but at your price range you can do a whole lot better. There's really no discernible difference between the 3570k and 2500k, so your decision mostly lies on whether you want lower temperatures or more features.
On your OS, it's relatively easy to get for free if you're in uni - many schools have partnerships with MS that allows them to provide their students with W7 at little to no cost. Being 14, I don't know that you'd have that luxury, so just in case, I left about 100 quid wiggle room in this:
absolutely no point getting a pcie 3 card and an AMD processor, it would run it at pcie 2 speeds
That's not really a huge issue, though, since the card still doesn't saturate PCIe 2.0's bandwidth (at x16, at least).
I should also mention that if you really don't want to pay for an OS, you could always go with Linux. There's very limited gaming to be done on it, but hopefully that'll be changing in the coming years with the Linux release of Steam.
Or, if you know anybody in IT or something like that, you might ask them if they've got any spare W7 keys - often, they're enrolled in one or more programs that offer them multiple keys for multiple OSes.
Because this one is like 5 years old and I was originally going to use it temporarily with a small SSD
Ah. If I were you, I'd avoid an SSD for now - just about the best you could get would be something like a 64GB Crucial m4. A good drive, for sure, but a little low on storage space. For now, I'd get either a Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB or Seagate Barracuda 500GB (whichever is cheaper at the time of purchase). When it's time to do some more upgrading, SSD prices will have (barring catastrophe) dropped even more, so getting a 128GB+ will be even better value.
To leave enough room for Windows 7, you'll likely have to drop down to a 7850:
one of the parts where i thought i could save £20 on was the motherboard or is the ASRock a good board for the money and a part i should keep and how easy is it to transfer the OS and other necessary files to an SSD and on a gaming build is overclocking a good option for a build on a budget
The build won't become 'unusable' for a very long time. There'll be a point where it won't run games to your satisfaction, but I doubt that'll be the CPU's fault.
This won't last as long as a 3570k build, but the difference there will probably be negligible. I'm sure you'll be able to use it for several years before needing to upgrade your CPU - it'll probably last until Skylake is released (after all, look at how long Phenom IIs have lasted). In the coming years, your first upgrade priority isn't going to be the processor, though, it'll be the video card, and that's no big deal.