New budget build, help !

Hey, I'm looking to build a new computer primarily for gaming and 3D applications such as Maya, as I'm starting my second year in a 3D animation and special effects course at university. I'm looking to spend no more than £450, but even cheaper is obviously much better, I'm a student!

My main problem at the moment is deciding on a good-but-cheap motherboard (around £75) to work well with the parts I have already selected. I'm pretty set on everything else, but any recommendations that don't increase the price are very welcome.

Here's what I have so far:

Coolermaster Centurion 5 + 550W eXtreme Power Plus PSU -
Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33GHz 1333FSB w/ Arctic cooling freezer pro -
Sapphire HD 4850 512MB GDDR3 -
OCZ 4GB Kit (2x2GB) 800MHz/PC2-6400 -
Western Digital WD2500AAKS Caviar SE 250GB 7200RPM SATAII/300 16MB Cache -
Sony AD-7200S 20X DVD±RW/DL/RAM Internal SATA -
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  1. Both ASUS P5Q SE and P5Q SE2 are good for that price range:


  2. Thanks they look great, but whats the difference between the SE and SE2 for less than an extra £2 ?
  3. I didn't find any difference between them,it seems SE2 is just a SE with a different package.
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