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Advice on an all-round PC first build


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I’m doing my first PC build and I've been using this site to guide me. I'm looking for some final advice with my build as I thought it best to check that everything is compatible and if there’s anywhere I’ve overspent as it’s really stretching my budget at £880.

I’m aiming for a good all round desktop that is quick, responsive and reliable. I’ll be leaving it on 24/7 days at a time for downloading and streaming to the TV/Xbox. So I’m also wanting it to be quiet and energy efficient.

Only gaming I’ll be doing will be games I can’t get on Xbox i.e. Civ 5, Starcraft 2, SimCity 2013…

I won’t be over-clocking it initially but I may in the future so it’d be nice to have the room to do so.

Also I assume I won't need a wireless card if my PC will be connected to the router.

The build is:

CPU: Intel i5-3570k HDD: Seagate 2TB SATA III 6Gb/s 64MB 7200RPM HDD SSD: Samsung 250GB 840 Series Basic SSD

GPU: XFX Core Edition Radeon HD 7850 AMD 2GB OR MSI HD7850 OC AMD/ATI 2GB (Torn between these two GPUs so any recommendations are good)

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H Intel Z77 Socket 1155 Ivybridge Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB DDR3 PC3-12800 Dual PSU: XFX Pro Series Core Edition P1-550S-UKB9 550W PSU DVD Drive: Samsung SH-224BB/RSMS Case: Fractal Design Define R3 Black Pearl Monitor: 21.5" AOC E2250SWDAK LED OS: Windows 7 64-bit


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