Thoughts on my first gaming pc build £600 budget


Sep 23, 2015
Hi I'm new to building computers and have hardly any knowledge at all apart from a few YouTube videos and forums that I have had a look through so this is a new experience for me and I'm excited to get started. I'm looking to put together a good gaming pc for the small budget I have of £600ish.

The rig I'm thinking of ordering is composed of these part:
CPU - Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad Core Processor
PSU - EVGA 500W 80+ White rated power supply
GPU - Gigabyte Gtx960 Windforce 2x Cooler OC NVIDIA Graphics card 4GB
RAM - 8GB (1x8GB) 1600MHz Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR3
Storage - WD 1TB Green SATA 6Gb/s 64MB 3.5" Hard Drive
Mobo - Gigabyte B85M-D2V S1150 Intel B85 DDR3 or GIGABYTE GA-B85M-D3H Intel Micro ATX Motherboard
Case - Thermaltake Versa H22 Tower Case With Side Window USB3 Black Interior 12cm fan

I couldn't decide on which motherboard I would go with as I seen something that mentioned B85 motherboards could have a problem with Intel CPUs and I don't understand it so if someone could explain and let me know if the motherboard(s) I have chosen are compatible with the CPU that would be great. Also is this a good first build? I intend to play games on the computer but I understand with my budget I'm not going to get ultra settings but I would like a good enough system to play even the most graphic intensive games on decent settings.

I can get all this for around £470 not including delivery charges but I still need some peripheries like a monitor, keyboard, mouse, OS and I was thinking about maybe getting an SSD.

Like I said I'm a rookie so if this build is a shambles please tell me where I have gone wrong so I can understand abit better, would love to hear your thoughts thanks a lot :D :D :D


You do not want a "Green" drive as the only drive in your system. It would be fine as a data drive in addition to a fast SSD system drive, but on its own is a slow dog. I personally favor WD Black drives as single drives, but even a WD Blue would be a much better-performing choice.
Unless you're leaving a slot free for a near-term RAM upgrade, get a 2x4GB (or 2x8GB) pair in order to get dual-channel mode.


The thing with B55 and H81 motherboards: They need a BIOS update before work with a Haswell Refresh cpu like i5-4460.
Just that. So ask vendor to send it ready for your new cpu.

XFX TS 550W 80+ Gold is really better than EVGA 500W 80+. But EVGA 500W 80+ is not a bad psu for your build.
And R9 380 could be just a little stronger than Gtx960.
however Gtx960 is better imho. Better platform overall (energy+heat+performance).
Get SSD for OS and apps so you really dont have to worry about WD 1TB Green SATA performance.

So nothing in your original build is a deal breaker. You will have good gaming performance @1080p.