Gaming PC Build Advice

Hi guys, first post here and I'm looking for some help. I'm looking at getting a gaming pc as my laptop isn't really cutting it any more. Now I've looked around and come up with this build, if you could tell me what you think I'd appreciate it. My budget can hit up to £1250 but I'd prefer a little cheaper, so if you can see any areas I can easily trim it down that would be helpful too.

Finally I might have gone a little too far with these specifications, are they really necessary for a machine that'll probably last 5-7 years?

NZXT Phantom 410 White Case

Corsair TXM 850W Modular PSU

Intel Core i7 3770K 3.5GHz Socket 1155 8MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor

Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro rev 2 Socket 775, 1156, 1155, 1366, AM2, AM3 Heatpipe CPU Cooler

Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3 1600Mhz CL9 1.5V Non-ECC Unbuffered

Asus P8Z77-V Socket 1155 VGA DVI DisplayPort HDMI 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard

Sapphire HD 7870 GHZ OC Edition 2GB GDDR5 HDMI DVI Dual Mini DisplayPort PCI-E Graphics Card

Seagate 3TB Barracuda Hard Drive - 3.5" SATA-III - 7200RPM 64MB Cache

Corsair 120GB Force 3 SSD - SATA-III 2.5" - Read 550MB/s Write 510MB/s 85K IOPS Fast Performance 3YR Warranty

Creative SoundBlaster Recon3D PCI-E Soundcard - OEM Packaging

Cisco Linksys Wireless-N Dual-Band PCI Adapter

LG BH10LS38 10x BD-RW with DVD±RW DL & RAM Lightscribe SATA Blu-Ray Drive - Retail Black

Asus VS247H LCD LED 23.6" HDMI Monitor

Cheers for the help with this guys.

Your specs look pretty good, the only thing i have to say about the lasting 5-7 years is that i'm still running on my 2007 rig - q6600 and the only thing i've upgraded over the years was GPU (8800gtx->gts250 due to card death) and adding more ram (2G->8GB) when it became cheap.
just factor upgrading your graphics card in three of four years, and you'll run stuff on high or ultra for a couple of years, depending on the future of game graphics....

All I'd say is;

Do you need a Wi-Fi adapter? Cant you just use Ethernet? Much better.

If you wanna save money; ditch the Creative Card. The on-board audio will be almost as good.
Unless your running some top-end KRKsys speakers and your an audiophile you'd never know the difference.

Other than that its looking solid.

Thanks for the help, would you suggest buying pre-built or building it myself? And what retailers within the UK would you recommend using for parts or buying pre-built?

rEvolution:
Do you need a Wi-Fi adapter? Cant you just use Ethernet? Much better.

As I'm moving a lot at the moment for convenience if nothing else a Wi-Fi adapter is pretty much a necessity. Eventually I'll be sorting a wired connection but for now Wi-Fi is useful.

I've come up with a second (cheaper) build, if you could glance over it I'd appreciate that as well.

NZXT Phantom White Full Tower Case

Corsair TX 650W V2 PSU - 80plus Bronze Certified

Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz Socket 1155 6MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor

Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3 1600Mhz CL9 1.5V Non-ECC Unbuffered

Asus P8Z77-V Socket 1155 VGA DVI DisplayPort HDMI 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard

Gigabyte HD 7850 OC Windforce X2 975MHz 4800MHz 2GB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDMI Dual Mini DisplayPort PCI-E Graphics Card

Seagate 2TB BARRACUDA 3.5" SATA-III Hard Drive - 7200RPM 64MB Cache

Corsair 120GB Force 3 SSD - SATA-III 2.5" - Read 550MB/s Write 510MB/s 85K IOPS Fast Performance 3YR Warranty

Cisco Linksys Wireless-N Dual-Band PCI Adapter

Samsung SH-222BB 22x DVD±RW DL & RAM SATA Optical Drive - OEM Black

Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro rev 2 Socket 775, 1156, 1155, 1366, AM2, AM3 Heatpipe CPU Cooler

Samsung S24b300hl LED LCD Widescreen 23.6" HDMI Monitor

LuciferUltionis:
beep

cclonline.com
scan.co.uk

Between them you'll get pretty close to the best prices

ebuyer is also worth comparison.

I think your better off investing an extra £60 and going for a 3770.

Passmark scores 7,627 vs 10,376 (It's a notable increase in performance for only £60 imo)

Which P8Z77-V? Sounds odd but there's six different versions ranging in price from £90 to £365.

I couldn't find any UK retailers of that specific card; but I found:
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-gigabyte-radeon-hd-7850-overclocked-4800mhz-gddr5-28nm-gpu-975mhz-dl-dvi-hdmi-mdp

It's well priced card but I firmly believe the real bargains are one generation old (or even two)

For example:
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1536mb-evga-gtx-480-40nm-3696mhz-gddr5-gpu-700mhz-shader-1401mhz-480-cores-2x-dual-link-dvi-i-mini-h

Same scoring scale as the CPU's; its 300 points faster than the 7850 and cheaper. A better buy imo.

Because your screen resolution is only 1920x1080; any amount of video memory over 1gb is generally unnecessary (Things like Skyrim HD texture being the exception, needing about 1.5gb)

Overall though its a pretty solid build.

 

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