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~£600 gaming PC- Think I've got most done, would like some feedback

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June 13, 2012 11:04:40 PM

Hi all,
This is my first build and I have very little idea as to what I'm doing. I've done a bit of research on individual parts and think that what I've decided on so far should be okay Advice and improvements are more than welcome. So far I have:

Processor: Intel i5 2500k, £155
MOBO: Gigabyte SKT-1155 Z77-D3H, £80
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850, £180
RAM: Corsair DDR3 1600MHz XMA3 (2x4GB), £38
HDD: Seagate Barracuda Green 1TB 3.5" 5900RPM, £60
Case and PSU: I came across a bundle which seems like it will knock a bunch off the overall price, but I'm not sure if it's any good.
"X-Case k13 and X-Case 500W PSU, £24 + £35
The case is height 440mm, depth 430mm, width 185mm

Total: £572

If it's necessary to know, I'm planning to get a 24" monitor (excluded from £600 budget)

I'd like to get some opinions on the overall build with some attention to the case and PSU, or if I'm paying for something that I don't need to. I don't plan to overclock, so I was told I wouldn't need to specifically buy a fan/ cooler. The plan is to buy next week.

Thanks in advance :ange: 

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June 13, 2012 11:13:07 PM

well i cant really say much about the psu, but at least its certified. though if you aren't going to overclock, why buy a k series cpu and a z77 board, which is aimed at overclockers. for instance, you could almost use a b75/h77 mobo with an i5-3550 and get better performance due to ivy bridge advantage over sandy bridge at stock.
June 13, 2012 11:17:14 PM

I'm a new builder too, but if there's one thing I've gleamed from doing my research over the last couple of weeks it's that you should never put a cheap PSU in your build. There's a good list of reliable makes and models here:

http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx

Other than that your build looks similar to the one I've been putting together. Maybe consider chucking in the extra £30 and going for the i5 3570k?

Also, if you get that build from eBuyer, you'll get a nice Arctic CPU cooling fan bundled in with your Gigabyte motherboard.
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June 13, 2012 11:17:51 PM

Huge mistake, posted the wrong motherboard,
Asus P8|68-M Pro

But considering dudewitbow's comment, I really don't know what a suitable motherboard would be. I'd found a much cheaper one a while ago, I'll search for it now.
June 13, 2012 11:28:49 PM

BiggestMunchkin said:
I'm a new builder too, but if there's one thing I've gleamed from doing my research over the last couple of weeks it's that you should never put a cheap PSU in your build. There's a good list of reliable makes and models here:

http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx

Other than that your build looks similar to the one I've been putting together. Maybe consider chucking in the extra £30 and going for the i5 3570k?

Also, if you get that build from eBuyer, you'll get a nice Arctic CPU cooling fan bundled in with your Gigabyte motherboard.


Thanks for the input.

I can't edit messages so here's the other motherboard I found
Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3 Z68 Socket 1155, £68
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