First build - Looking to spend about £1000

Hey there.

Doing my first build here, so was just looking for some hints on components before I buy.
Mainly aimed at gaming/watching films/general internet use etc.

If you could pass comment on compatibility, quality of selected products, and anywhere I can cut costs without cutting performance too much, I would be very grateful. I'm aiming to get as much of this from, it's an online vendor I trust, has free postage available, and I'm based in mainland UK. Having said that, if you can point me in the direction of massive savings elsewhere, that would be ideal.

CPU: Intel i5 3570k

MoBo: Asus P8Z77-v Pro

CPU cooler: CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO

GPU: Asus HD7850 DCUII

RAM: 8GB Corsair Vengeance low profile kit

Boot Drive: Samsung 830 128gb SSD - Already purchased this when it was on offer from

Storage Drive: Can anyone recommend a good storage drive? Just looking for 1TB or so. Do I want a green drive, or should I get a faster one considering I'll probably end up installing a few games on it as my boot drive isn't too big. Also, I've seen most are advertised as SATAIII, surely they can't even saturate SATAII speeds, so what's the point in this?

Optical Drive: Sony 24x DVD RW

PSU: Corsair TX650 V2

Case: Xigmatek Midgard II

OS: Windows 7 OEM - is it worth upgrading to the full retail version?

This will be combined with 24" 1080p monitor. Hoping to get a mild overclock on both my cpu and gpu, do you think this will be feasible with this psu and the cooling here (I understand the case I've picked has lots of ventilation, but only two installed fans, one in the front, one in the back)?

Got speakers, mouse and keyboard already, can you think of anything else I've forgotten?

Thanks a lot for your time!
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  1. Great looking build it will game almost anything at high/ultra congrats on the new rig!!
  2. £109.99
    ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 S1155 Intel Z77 DDR3 ATX

    or.... £116.98 & this item Delivered FREE in the UK with Super Saver Delivery
    Asus P8Z77-V LK Motherboard (Socket 1155, ATX, Intel Z77, DDR3, 2 x PCI-Express 3.0, USB 3.0)
  3. Put this together on 3 sites:, and, i took the liberty of putting a screen suggestion in with the budget:

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium with Service Pack 1, 64-bit, English, 1 Pack, DSP OEM,
    Technically you're not supposed to use it but i've never heard of anyone who has been hit by microsoft.

    Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) Ballistix Sport DDR3 1600MHz CL9 1.5v 240pin
    Quicklinx:7Y8SWS00 | Mfr#: BLS2CP4G3D1609DS1S00CEU
    Ordered upon request £34.99 £34.99

    Seagate 1TB Barracuda SATA 6Gb/s 64MB 7200RPM Hard Drive
    Quicklinx:7XD5WS00 | Mfr#: ST1000DM003
    In stock £64.99 £64.99

    ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 S1155 Intel Z77 DDR3 ATX
    Quicklinx:80XRWS00 | Mfr#: Z77 Extreme 4
    Usually shipped in 3 days £109.99 £109.99

    24" Dell UltraSharp U2412M Widescreen IPS LED Monitor - Black
    LG 24x Internal DVDRW GH24NS90 SATA Black Bare with m-Disk Support
    Fractal Design Core 3000 Black Midi Tower Chassis #45752
    Arctic Cooling Freezer i30 Quiet CPU Cooler
    580W be quiet! STRAIGHT POWER E9-CM 80PLUS Gold Modular Power Supply
    Intel Core i5-3570K 3.40GHz (Ivybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor (77W) - Retail
    Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2048MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card

    Total price: £1077.21 (with VAT and P&P) A little over the £1k budget but does include the screen and a more powerful GPU.
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