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    Building a new PC

    I figured its about time I got myself a christmas present and I'm looking into building a new pc, my budget isn't great (looking to spend no more than £600) and 20% VAT doesn't help either in the UK.

    I came up with imgur com/0Bg2h.jpg for £560 but since I'm not really that clued up is there any other options I could get in my sort of budget?

    Thanks

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    With an SSD:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor (£81.65 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£61.61 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£30.60 @ Aria PC)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£43.96 @ CCL Computers)
    Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£76.10 @ Amazon UK)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card (£159.94 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case (£54.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£55.82 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer (£16.72 @ CCL Computers)
    Total: £581.39
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-20 22:09 GMT+0000)

    No SSD, slightly better CPU:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£132.85 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£61.61 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£30.60 @ Aria PC)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£72.12 @ Amazon UK)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card (£159.94 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case (£54.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£55.82 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer (£16.72 @ CCL Computers)
    Total: £584.65
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-20 22:15 GMT+0000)

    (first build is what i would pick, mainly because I would never run a system without an SSD again)
    CPU: Intel i5-3570k (4.5GHz) MB: ASUS Z77 Sabertooth (uefi 2003)
    GPU: Asus 280X TOP (1130MHz/1750MHz) RAM: Corsair LP/LV white 8GB 1600MHz
    SSD: Samsung 840Pro 256GB + Crucial m4 128GB (040H) PSU: Seasonic 620M CASE: Corsair 500R (White/Black) Monitor: 1440p BenQ GW2765HT 1080p LG 237L-BN IPS
    Current build! ||Old Build || Bitdefender Total Security 2015 || AV-TEST 2014

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    Thanks for posting those. Is there anything majorly wrong with what I went with in my OP? I tried to base it on chaud's build of the month

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    Well you don't need a sound card. Your CPU choice is kinda outdated. PSU is decent at best. Wrong RAM and 1x4 isn't really optimal. Case is more a personal preference but I'm not a fan of that one and no front USB 3.0 (perhaps not a big deal to you), still not a bad choice if you like it though.
    CPU: Intel i5-3570k (4.5GHz) MB: ASUS Z77 Sabertooth (uefi 2003)
    GPU: Asus 280X TOP (1130MHz/1750MHz) RAM: Corsair LP/LV white 8GB 1600MHz
    SSD: Samsung 840Pro 256GB + Crucial m4 128GB (040H) PSU: Seasonic 620M CASE: Corsair 500R (White/Black) Monitor: 1440p BenQ GW2765HT 1080p LG 237L-BN IPS
    Current build! ||Old Build || Bitdefender Total Security 2015 || AV-TEST 2014

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    Hey thanks for the reply again. I'm looking at imgur com/lBs3b jpg and tinyurl com/cucowg5 for the memory.

    ---------- Post added 2012-12-21 at 03:45 PM ----------

    Looking at pcpartpicker com/uk/p/tv7Z

    How is that?

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    Either is fine even though 7770 is kinda on the low end for a GPU. I'd try and get a 7850 or 650ti at least but again what you have will work.

    second build has a 3570, if you could spend a little extra you can get the 3570k which is fully unlocked (for overclocking,) which is worth it in the long run. You need a Z77 instead then as well instead of the H77.
    CPU: Intel i5-3570k (4.5GHz) MB: ASUS Z77 Sabertooth (uefi 2003)
    GPU: Asus 280X TOP (1130MHz/1750MHz) RAM: Corsair LP/LV white 8GB 1600MHz
    SSD: Samsung 840Pro 256GB + Crucial m4 128GB (040H) PSU: Seasonic 620M CASE: Corsair 500R (White/Black) Monitor: 1440p BenQ GW2765HT 1080p LG 237L-BN IPS
    Current build! ||Old Build || Bitdefender Total Security 2015 || AV-TEST 2014

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    Hey thanks for the reply again. If I got the 3570k it wouldn't work with the H77 whatsoever?

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    It would work but you wouldn't be able to overclock much (if any) in the future. It wouldn't cost that much more though:

    ASRock Z77 Pro3 ~£75
    CPU: Intel i5-3570k (4.5GHz) MB: ASUS Z77 Sabertooth (uefi 2003)
    GPU: Asus 280X TOP (1130MHz/1750MHz) RAM: Corsair LP/LV white 8GB 1600MHz
    SSD: Samsung 840Pro 256GB + Crucial m4 128GB (040H) PSU: Seasonic 620M CASE: Corsair 500R (White/Black) Monitor: 1440p BenQ GW2765HT 1080p LG 237L-BN IPS
    Current build! ||Old Build || Bitdefender Total Security 2015 || AV-TEST 2014

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