[New Build] Need help finishing. Opinions and advice appreciated!


Dec 29, 2012
Budget Range: Under £800 preferably

Do you need to buy OS: Windows 7 home premium (I have windows 8 on my laptop and I prefer 7)

Location: UK
Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: No
Need help selecting mobo, as I'm not sure if it worth getting a Sabertooth Z77 for the build I am doing.
Also looking at a fan control panel (Not sure what they are called, due to the amount of fans in the Haf x and noise levels is a concern, but I'm not really that fussed about that, unless it sounds like a jumbo jet.)

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)

Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($229.99 @ NCIX US)

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ NCIX US)

Storage: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($72.45 @ B&H) (Just putting my OS and a bit of editing software on here)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)

Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($117.55 @ Newegg)

Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($149.99 @ Newegg)

Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)

Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)

Avermedia Live Gamer Hd C985 Pci Express
So I can record my Xbox 360.

Thank you for taking the time to look at my build and thank you in advance for replies.


Dec 29, 2012
Edit - System Usage from Most to Least Important: Live streaming games from Xbox 360, video editing, photoshop, pc gaming.


paying way too much for motherboard drop down to an ASRock Z77 Extreme4

*BUT* you are doing video editing and photoshop you should up your CPU to an i7 it would be better than an i5 when it comes to Hyperthreading.

Up RAM to 16GB


The PC you built is... well its just bells and whistles to be honest.
The overpriced motherboard and case make this PC very imbalanced.

Take a look at this build

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£161.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-GD55 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£100.49 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£30.60 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£117.99 @ Ebuyer)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£69.22 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card (£171.34 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Inwin MANA137 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£4.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£83.99 @ Novatech)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer (£16.72 @ CCL Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£66.74 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £824.07
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-30 15:47 GMT+0000)

It is a LOT faster.
The only real sacrifice is that it features a rather generic case so assembling it will won't really be fun.And it's cooling performance is suboptimal but that can be fixed by adding a front fan.
I reccomend this one