My first setup!


Dec 31, 2012
What would be the best way to spend £1200 on a new gaming set-up?

i would like (a) 2560 x 1440 display(s)(the Korean ones off eBay).

but 3x 1920 x 1080 might be good, the asus ml239h, topten reviews says its best and the contrast ratio is beast!! :

i would like an SSD (just for applications and OS) as a boot drive and a HDD as a multimedia drive.

im not too fussed about windows 8, i may go for ubuntu, as its now on steam (ino there's not many games for it yet but its growing!)

im not fussed about wat it looks like.

wat wud i use it for? games and surfing web.

i dont care about a flashy motherboard

8gb ram

wat psu to get?

i dont want 3d btw :)

i would also being using it for dolphin emulator, if u don't have a clue wat that is, google it.

yeah ino its a bit OTT for my first build but this beast will last me years...upon years...

im asking this because im not sure whether too overclock,if i shud wait for haswell, if an i7 vs i5 will make much difference in gaming etc and most of all... your awesome opinions! :D

and yeah ino this is a bit general but, any questions just ask :p and also wen do the haswell cpus come out? and the next gen gfx cards?

i was also thinking of making it a hackintosh, maybe dual boot with win 8?

cheers! :kaola:


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£142.68 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£71.00 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£43.99 @
Storage: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£145.97 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£45.54 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£239.99 @
Case: Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 ATX Mid Tower Case (£88.56 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£81.49 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer (£16.72 @ CCL Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£59.94 @ Aria PC)
Total: £935.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-31 22:12 GMT+0000)

You still got money to play around with :D


Dec 31, 2012
thanks! and there's still extra for a monitor! :)

i do find that pc part picker is a bit inaccurate tho, u can get 2x4gb of corsair vengeance ram for £33 off amazon.