First Time gaming Configuration ~£800


Aug 29, 2012
Looking to build my first system after realising what a sucker I've been for ever buying store built.

I play mostly RPG/Strategy games with the occasional shooter, hoping to get high on most games with steady FPS.

Parst I was unsure about
the Mobo think i was bought by the audio element but didnt really know what i was looking for in a mobo.
PSU overboard with the W? decent brand?.
SSD, could be skipped altogether without much loss?
GPU seems cheap for the 7870 maybe not a great edition of the card?
OS Guess i got that right but not 100%.

Intel Core i3-3220 3.30GHz (Ivy Bridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor - Retail

Biostar Hi-Fi Z77X 5.x ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (pricing from ebuyer, but there website wont open for me now :/ )

Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory

Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk

XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card

LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer

NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case

Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit

So is this good value, are there savings to be had that wont effect the performance to greatly,
or spending a little extra for greater performance. Looking for cost effectiveness really.


Everything looks in place except the 2 main components, you'll need a Core i5 3570k for the most demanding titles out there.

And you should get a more reliable MOBO, get the ASRock Z77 Extreme4.

Everything else looks perfect and withing budget.


Aug 29, 2012

Didnt realise the CPU was that important for gaming, will the i3 actually hold back the 7870?
MOBO i will take your advice on though seems to have some good reviews.
Any thoughts on keeping/discarding the SSD?
Yes it will, it's a dual core CPU, some titles are utilizing more than 3 Cores, for example;

Gigabyte's $160 Z77X-UD3H, ASRock's Z77 Extreme6, ASRock’s Z77 Extreme4, Biostar’s TZ77XE3 and Gigabyte’s Z77X-D3H those are some awarded mobos from Tomshardware and other sites.

SSD is the most important and noticeable upgrade seen in the latest 2 years, you'll see how fast and quickly Windows and application start up in addition to the faster R/W transfer rates.