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23 March 2013 23:06:52

Recently come into a bit of cash, looking to build my own PC for the first time and while I've done some research, I'm still looking to avoid classic newbie errors. This is what I've got so far:

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget Range: Up to £1,000 total, but willing to go a little over if cost effective

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, work (requiring lots of spreadsheets and a couple of databases programs open at the same time), general internet and multimedia

Are you buying a monitor: No - but am planning on eventually getting a second monitor

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Aria or Overclockers - only because they've already been recommended to me, open to any other suppliers

Location: South East UK

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU and nvidia GPU

Overclocking: Maybe - if cost effective

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe - although research suggests it's not really value for money

Your Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments: Needs to run Windows, 7 or 8, but wouldn't mind also being able to boot Ubuntu. Would like to run Skyrim at top settings too. Have two 500GB Hitachi HDP725050GLA360 hard drives that work fine and I would also like to incorporate into the build as additional storage

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Most of my current desktop is 5 years old and not running so great :( 

Here's what I've got so far:

Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX £86
Seems to have everything I need for the other components I've chosen
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB...

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K £200
Good performance/value ratio
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CP...

RAM: Corsair Vengeance Low Profile 16GB £100
Plenty of memory, enough for gaming, should handle lots of spreadsheets for work too.
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MY...

GPU: ASUS GeForce GTX 660TI Direct CU II 2048MB GDDR5 £240
Again, research tells me this is a good performance/value ratio
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX...

SSD: Samsung 120GB SSD 840 SATA 6Gb/s £90
Enough SSD space to make the best of it
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HD...

HD: Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM 1TB SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache £66
Fast main storage drive, with backup from existing HDs will be enough space for anything I want to do
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HD...

Unfortunately, that's as far as I can get. I'm aware that I might need some of the following things:

Case: I know it needs to be big enough to keep everything in, but that's about it

PSU: Would 600W be enough? I'm just not sure.

Cooling: How much do I need? Fans or water?

Sound card: A lot of people have said I needn't bother with one, is this true?

I'm open to any and all advice or suggestions. Thanks.

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a b 4 Gaming
23 March 2013 23:17:50

i would reuse your hdd's as storage
PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/LIW3
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/LIW3/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/LIW3/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£166.79 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£16.27 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£99.99 @ Dabs)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£77.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£141.00 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (£310.98 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case (£70.00 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£47.93 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£68.30 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £999.25
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-23 23:16 GMT+0000)
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a b 4 Gaming
23 March 2013 23:20:13

The case is usually a personal choice as to what you might want to look at , the psu should be 600w or higher if your going to consider SLI , the case you get will come with fans and you'll have to see how many and if you need to add any, three or four will be good. The motherboard ill come with intergrated sound and it's usually 8 channel and HD.
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29 March 2013 09:23:29

Thanks for the tips. Just what I was looking for.
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