My brother is doing his first build and would like some general advice. It'd also be great if someone could look over the parts he has chosen to make sure that they'll actually work together.
Check the bottom of the page on his PCPP list, there are some compatibility issues (according to them, I can't confirm). One thing I'd recommend is to drop the Kingston SSD and go for an Evo.
The ssd now is garbage... not worth his money in my opinion. If he wants to overclock or sli the board he chose is fine. If he wants to overclock the cpu he''ll need the 3570k. If not get an h77 board it will be cheaper and if he dumps the ssd and gets a cheaper board it would probably give him enough money to get a 770.
First of all, that RAM runs at 1.65 volts and the Ivy Bridge architecture only supports 1.5. So I would suggest finding some that is only 1.5. Shouldn't be too hard.
Second, get a higher-end air cooler for your CPU. Water coolers that cheap aren't any better other then for noise. You could save a few pounds by getting an air cooler.
For the SSD, don't go with a V300. Go with a V500, V550, or an EVO. For price compensation, go with 120GB and then buy a 1TB HDD or SSHD (a hybrid).
personally I would go with something more like this. I added a 1TB HDD so you have more room for storage. I also added a Haswell CPU which is newer than the Ivy Bridge you previously had.
Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
£149.99 @ Aria PC
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
£25.45 @ Scan.co.uk
MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard
£89.99 @ Novatech
G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
£64.24 @ Amazon UK
Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
£99.95 @ Amazon UK
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
£42.99 @ Amazon UK
MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card
£179.95 @ Amazon UK
Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case
£63.97 @ Amazon UK
Corsair RM 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply
£78.98 @ Dabs
LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer
£15.99 @ Amazon UK
Wireless Network Adapter
Asus PCE-N53 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter
£29.33 @ Amazon UK
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