New build, £800-900 - need advice

Hey There,

Some help on the below build would be very appreciated. See the comments section below for more of an idea.

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: £800-900 x2

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming & watching movies/tv shows

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: ebuyer, amazon, scan.co.uk, any other sites with good bundles that are reputable

Country: UK

Parts Preferences: Intel build, AMD GPU. Links to the current parts below:
CPU - I5 3450: http://www.ebuyer.com/349022-intel-core-i5-3450-3-1ghz-socket-1155-6mb-cache-retail-boxed-processor-bx80637i53450
Case - Antec 902 nine hundred two v3 : http://www.ebuyer.com/245777-antec-902-nine-hundred-two-v3-gaming-case-0761345-15924-1
GPU - sapphire 7850: http://www.ebuyer.com/349747-sapphire-hd-7850-2gb-dvi-hdmi-dual-mini-displayport-pci-e-graphics-card-11200-00-20g
PSU - antec 520w: http://www.ebuyer.com/245671-antec-520w-high-current-gamer-psu-0761345-06205-3
RAM x2 corsair 4gb 1600mhz: http://www.ebuyer.com/247676-corsair-4gb-ddr3-1600mhz-xms3-memory-module-cl9-9-9-9-24-1-5v-cmx4gx3m1a1600c9
HDD - 500gb Barracuda: http://www.ebuyer.com/272944-seagate-500gb-3-5-sata-iii-6gb-s-barracuda-hard-drive-7200rpm-16mb-cache-st500dm002
OPT D - Samsung:http://www.ebuyer.com/273020-samsung-sh-s222al-sata-dvd-optical-drive-oem-sh-s222al-bebe
MB: Unkown - need help on, possible SSD, 3.0 USB. won't be duel GPUing.
Monitor - LCD Acer 23.6": http://www.scan.co.uk/products/236-acer-g245hqbid-led-full-hd-monitor-hdmi-dvi-vga-1920x1080-2ms-300cd-m-800001-black

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments:

I'm looking to build two computers, one for me and the girlfriend, only one screen is needed however as she already has one and is looking at around the £700 budget with me filling in any extra she needs for the above build.
Regarding the case, has anyone got any other cheaper solutions that could be used? LED not needed but cable management and bottom mounted PSU is.
I'm unsure on the optical drive, are there better options or are they pretty much the same?
Is the PSU fine for that GPU/MB/case requirments (fans).
I'm unsure on the MB, i missed what came out when ivy bridge came out and have no idea about this - i need the possibility to upgrade to an SSD at a later date, 3.0 USB capability but no need for OCing or duel GPU.
I'm unsure on ram, should i be getting 1600mhz or 1333? i heard awhile back that some arn't compatible with CPU's and MB's? Any suggestions on cheaper ram as well?
Does ivy bridge need more than stock cooler? heard word that ivy bridge runs hotter as standard? Remember i'm not OC'ing.
I'm not happy with the screen, there's a comment on scan.co.uk complaining the brightness is too high, any other suggestions for the same price range/lower?
Is it worth paying the extra £12 for the OC'd GPU?
will i be able to get a cheaper MB with the above requested features if i use sandybridge (i5 2400) rather than ivy?

Sorry for so many questions, but i don't want to mess up a computer for the missus and i want it to last her quite awhile.

Thanks!
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  1. Ok fair enough, i understand i had alot of questions. Could anyone just suggest an intel mother board with 3.0 USB, possibility for SSD and has a decent rep?

    Thanks.
  2. Regarding the case, has anyone got any other cheaper solutions that could be used? LED not needed but cable management and bottom mounted PSU is.
    Don't know if you saw Tom's review of budget cases, linked below. The might be able to help you decide on the case you want.

    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/mana-136-midgard-ii-phantom-410,review-32451.html
    I'm unsure on the optical drive, are there better options or are they pretty much the same?
    I don't know a great deal about optical drives but I think if it was important to you, you would. So any good brand should suit you fine, and Samsung would be one of those.
    Is the PSU fine for that GPU/MB/case requirments (fans).
    Personally I'd get a silver/gold rated PSU. That card suggests 500W minimum, they tend to over suggest but I'd be more comfortable getting something slightly more powerful to cover any future additions.
    I'm unsure on the MB, i missed what came out when ivy bridge came out and have no idea about this - i need the possibility to upgrade to an SSD at a later date, 3.0 USB capability but no need for OCing or duel GPU.
    I am a bit of an Asus fanboy so would probably suggest anything off the below page. At a quick flick through they all have some USB3 and SATAIII slots, just make sure you hook up to the right ones.

    http://www.ebuyer.com/search?sort=pricelow&store=2&cat=14&filtermfr=148&filterca50=Intel+Z77+Express&limit=10&page=1
    I'm unsure on ram, should i be getting 1600mhz or 1333? i heard awhile back that some arn't compatible with CPU's and MB's? Any suggestions on cheaper ram as well?
    Since you are on the new generations of Intel CPUs you want DDR3, I go for 1600MHz myself but it depends on the RAM timings too. Someone can correct me if I am wrong but you are unlikely to notice a difference between 1333MHz and 1600MHz. Just pick whichever is cheapest and double check the MB supports those speeds.
    Does ivy bridge need more than stock cooler? heard word that ivy bridge runs hotter as standard? Remember i'm not OC'ing.
    I'm not sure on this sorry, as I understood it the IB CPUs are cooler than previous CPUs
    I'm not happy with the screen, there's a comment on scan.co.uk complaining the brightness is too high, any other suggestions for the same price range/lower?
    Again I am an Asus fanboy and love my monitor. This one is slightly smaller and slightly more expensive than the one you have posted, but if you look in that area I couldn't recommend these monitors enough. I have the 24" version.

    http://www.ebuyer.com/273039-asus-vs238h-lcd-led-full-hd-23-hdmi-monitor-vs238h
    Is it worth paying the extra £12 for the OC'd GPU?
    Depends on how much OC there is. £12 isn't much if it is a signficant boost.
    Will i be able to get a cheaper MB with the above requested features if i use sandybridge (i5 2400) rather than ivy?
    I'm unsure on this sorry. I'd guess you could though assuming you keep USB3.0, PCIE3.0 and SATAIII compatibility.
  3. Much appreciated for the reply aerai. i'll have another look around and see what i can find.
  4. At stock and upto 4.5 ghz, you can get cool temps with aftermarket coolers. I would not use the stock cooler even for stock clocks. It is quite loud and temps wont be so good.
  5. azeem40 said:
    At stock and upto 4.5 ghz, you can get cool temps with aftermarket coolers. I would not use the stock cooler even for stock clocks. It is quite loud and temps wont be so good.


    Got any after markets you could suggest?
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