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First build - Looking to spend about £1000

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June 14, 2012 11:22:46 PM

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 amazon.co.uk, 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
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B007RUZKK6/

MoBo: Asus P8Z77-v Pro
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B007KZQE6C/

CPU cooler: CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO
http://www.amazon.co.uk/COOLER-MASTER-RR-212E-16PK-R1-C...

GPU: Asus HD7850 DCUII
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B007OYS4R6/

RAM: 8GB Corsair Vengeance low profile kit
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00569K7LM/

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

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
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B005DX4DAM/

PSU: Corsair TX650 V2
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004O0P9TO/

Case: Xigmatek Midgard II
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00664IEES/

OS: Windows 7 OEM - is it worth upgrading to the full retail version?
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004Q0PT3I/

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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June 14, 2012 11:26:27 PM

Great looking build it will game almost anything at high/ultra congrats on the new rig!!
June 15, 2012 10:44:30 AM

Put this together on 3 sites: aria.co.uk, dabs.com and amazon.co.uk, i took the liberty of putting a screen suggestion in with the budget:

amazon.co.uk:

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.

dabs.com:

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

araia.co.uk:

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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