Hey I'm a first time PC builder.

My list so far: 

LiteOn IHAS124-04 24x SATA DVDRW Half Height Internal Drive - Black

Corsair CMPSU-430CX Builder Series 430W Power Supply

Antec Three Hundred Two Midi Tower Case - ATX, M-ATX, M-ITX, 2 x USB 3.0

Seagate ST31000524AS 3.5 inch Barracuda 1TB GB 7200rpm SATA Drive with 32MB Buffer

Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R 8GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR3 Vengeance Memory - Red

MSI Z77A-G41 Motherboard LGA1155 Intel Z77 ATX SATA Gigabit LAN

Intel 3rd Generation Core i5-3570K CPU (4 x 3.40GHz, Ivy Bridge, Socket 1155, 6Mb L3 Cache, Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0)


As you can see, I don't have a graphics/video card yet.

I'm really struggling to find a suitable one and I thought that the legion of pc guru's that inhabit this website would be able to give me some help.


It can't cost more than £170 (give or take) £130 is ideal.

It must be on amazon. (I'm using a gift card to buy things)

All help is much appreciated. Thanks a lot.

This rig is for playing games like Skyrim, TF2, Saints Row. Just games generally with a smooth FPS. It must also have decent processing power and I must be able to run fraps at the same time. I'm fine with rending

I recomend the GTX660 for this system as well as a new power supply has the CX430 is far from ideal in this price range and capability. Here are the FPS a GTX660 gets in various games :

The GTX660 is 162 euros, cheaper then the 7870 on that site while delivering similar performance. Here is a gameplay while recording with fraps @ 1080p with ultra settings in BF3(quite a demanding game) : The GTX660 keeps the fps 40+ all the time with fraps runing, i am fairly confident it will handle Skyrim and the others very well also.

For a power supply i recomend something along these lines: It has a stronger 12v rail, a 5year warranty and it is the same price, you get more for your money!      

7870, incredibly fast, this model is the fastest/smoothest of the bunch. This is in dollars however, it is less than £170. If you can find it on a european site, it would be ideal. You will get incredible FPS with this card, it may perform better on some games than the GTX 680. It also has an incredible amount of processing power, and will handle workloads better than any tricked out Mac. 

Good luck with your build man! It looks awesome so far!


here is a link to one just under £170,   absolutely stunning card. 

That card won't outperform the 680, mate.