First Time gaming Configuration ~£800

chazdavidson

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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
http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Other+products/Intel+Core+i3-3220+3.30GHz+%28Ivy+Bridge%29+Socket+LGA1155+Processor+%2877W%29+-+Retail+?productId=52002&source=skinflint

Biostar Hi-Fi Z77X 5.x ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (pricing from ebuyer, but there website wont open for me now :/ )
http://www.biostar.com.tw/app/en/mb/introduction.php?S_ID=608#spec

Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
http://www.cclonline.com/product/74103/CMZ8GX3M2X1600C7R/Desktop-Memory/Corsair-Vengeance-Red-Memory-8GB-1600MHz-CL7-DDR3-Two-Module-Kit/RAM0524/?siteID=8BacdVP0GFs-PELAAq.fMxNgd8L9pAoUEA

Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0088PUEPK/?tag=pcp0f-21

Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B009LI7CKI/?tag=pcp0f-21

XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-xfx-radeon-hd-7870-core-edition-4800mhz-gddr5-28nm-gpu-1000mhz-1280-cores-dl-dvi-hdmi-mdp-plus-4

LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer
http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/opticaldrives/satadvdwriters/LG/GH24NS95.AUAA10B.html?#utm_source=affiliatewindow&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_campaign=PCPartPicker

NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/nzxt-phantom-410-white-performance-mid-tower-case-with-2x120mm-and-1x140mm-fans-usb-3-and-side-windo

Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
http://www.dabs.com/products/corsair-memory-tx650-v2-650w-atx-enthusiast-series-7CHB.html?utm_source=td&utm_medium=affiliates&utm_content=TB00?ReferrerID=tb&utm_source=td&utm_medium=affiliates&utm_content=TB00

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit
http://www.cclonline.com/product/55272/GFC-02050/Operating-Systems/Microsoft-Windows-7-Home-Premium-64-bit-SP1-/SFT0066/?siteID=8BacdVP0GFs-neoSAwHUTtqvDU1zitx.Ng

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.

Thanks

C
 
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.
 

chazdavidson

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Aug 29, 2012
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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;
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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.