First Time PC for Gaming

Hey guys,

Just getting ready to buy my first PC. The PC is mainly going to be used for gaming and internet browsing ( Games include Battlefield 4, CounterStrike:GO and Minecraft. However i do not mind playing at medium settings as my monitor is 1440x900) Any suggestions on better CPU's or Motherboards for the price? Any comment is welcome!

Parts already owned:

1440x900 75hz monitor

Mouse and keyboard


CD/DVD Drive

The PC so far:

PCPartPicker part list:

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£61.33 @ Amazon UK)

Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard (£43.13 @ Dabs)

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.99 @ Amazon UK)

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£43.98 @

Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card (£82.99 @ Amazon UK)

Wireless Network Adapter: Asus PCE-N15 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter (£15.99 @ Amazon UK)

Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case (£32.50 @ Ebuyer)

Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£48.03 @ Amazon UK)

Other: DVI To VGA (Old monitor doesn't have HDMI) (£1.00)


Total: £388.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

If you guys have any improvements to make to this build please keep it around the same price point.

Thanks for the help!


EDIT: Current build as of 10/11 19:03

This build has a much better graphics card and is only 12£ more than your build, it does however have only 4gb of ram which is enough for more than 95% of the games.


Better Cpu, has a Cpu cooler, better Mobo, better Psu (although it isn't semi-modular), 8Gb of ram, and a Gpu that is basically the same as the one in Ghall's build (even beating it sometimes).

Only £4 more than yours

Edit: The wireless may not be as good as the asus option, but it shouldn't be a major difference, and this doesn't include the Dvi-Vga adapter - but that's only £1

Thanks for the replys! 

Thanks for the input Ghall! 4GB perfect although i might find a 2x2GB version.


ToxicRaptor Do you really think it is necessary for a cpu cooler if i'm not overclocking? Thanks for the suggestions on the other parts though!

Even if you don't overclock, a nice aftermarket cooler will be quieter and will run cooler which is of course good for your Cpu, but if you decide against the cooler, I'd recommend This build  (assuming you won't be overclocking the Gpu).

Also I'd recommend against 2x2Gb of ram, as if in future you want to add more, you'd be stuck with 2x2+2/4Gb ram, which isn't optimal, even if it means going without the bonus of dual-channel for now.

Edit: Just remembered that the Amd stock Cpu coolers are apparently terribly loud, even if they are able to keep the Cpu at acceptable temps at stock speeds. 

Thanks so much for the feedback!

The graphics card looks very nice however i don't think i need it. a 7790 should do me for medium settings at my resolution? I'd like to keep as much money as i can and keep this build towards the £350 range :) 

I hear you on the RAM will change to 4GB single channel

Motherboard: is it worth the £10 more? :)

Thanks again for your input Toxic!

Yeah that Gpu will be fine for your resolution-it should even be able to push high on quite a few games-,as for the Mobo, the one I picked is higher quality, has more features, and is better for upgradibility, as it has a newer socket, more ram slots, raid support and a better chipset.

However, if you wont be upgrading this build that much or will be replacing it completely when you upgrade , the Mobo you picked should be just fine.

Small request as i'm not that familiar with Mobos is that could you find one with more USB Ports? Don't mind 2.0 or 3.0 


After a quick search on PcPartpicker, it looks like for your price range and form factor, the Msi mobo you picked has the most usb ports, if you want more you'd have to spend a bit more, or you could get something like this.

There's often an additional header on the motherboard and you can hook up a bracket w/ usb to expose them.

I think the 212 Evo will not fit in the Core 1000, because that cooler is too tall.

Wasn't planning on adding the cooler! So no worries there Reservation Station! Thanks very much Toxic for that link. Might think about grabbing one of them later on :)

What is this about a additional header Reservation Station?

Just a note, be careful cheaping out on the motherboard, I'd try to use the FM2+ board he picked for you, because it's likely made better and will take Kaveri later.  Some AMD chips take a lot of power and it's important to have good VR on there.

In addition to the ports provided for you on the back of the motherboard, and the USB header for the case's ports on the front of the case, there are often additional header(s) on the motherboard for even more USB ports.

Go to the manufacturer page for the product, and they'll tell you all about it.


I have already added it! Thanks for the advice!

Brilliant Toxics Mobo has 2 x USB 2.0 header and 1 x USB 3.0 header! Thanks so much its perfect :)

Do you need it to be in a mATX case? because if not you could get This case for the same price, and have more space for upgrades like Cpu coolers, it also has an extra front panel Usb 2.0 port.