First Custom Build - will this work?

Ok so i have "some" IT experience, mostly home-use and some business too. Ive replaced hardware components of existing machines but have never really done any "upgrades" other than adding some RAM. Building a PC myself will save me a good £200+ from the shelf price and i feel i can get a much better build. I have had a look round the web and sourced a build to fit my needs and budget. As far as im aware all the components will work together without any issues.

Asus P8P67 LE R3 P67 Socket 1155 £105
Intel Core i5 2500K 3.3GHz Socket 1155 £160
Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600Mhz £82
Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 Pro £20
Coolermaster GX 650W PSU £61
Asus GTX 560Ti DirectCU II 1GB GDDR5 £179
Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive £42
Sony Optiarc AD-5260S 24x DVD±RW £15
Casecom 6788 Black Mid Tower Case £29

If anyone has any suggestions for different parts (on a £700-ISH budget). The build above comes to about £690 however i will probably buy another fan for the case since its only supplied with 1, thus totaling about £700.

Any suggestions or advice will be much appreciated. Many thanks in advance.
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  1. Hey there! welcome to the forums.
    Can I ask a favor of you? Fill in this form: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice it gives us lots of important info, mainly what you intend to use the PC for, and what your monitor res is, etc etc.

    I'll get back to you!
  2. Yeah sure:

    Approximate Purchase Date: (within the next 1 month)

    Budget Range: (£600-700) (UK Pounds)

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games, Media/Browsing, Skype, MS Office

    Parts Not Required: No peripherals will be required.

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Ebuyer or similar UK based company.

    Country of Origin: (UK / England)

    Parts Preferences: by brand or type (Intel System with Nvidia Graphics card, ATX Form Factor)

    Overclocking: Maybe - certainly the i5 2500k to minimum OC of 4GHz

    SLI or Crossfire: SLI will be nice option for the future

    Monitor Resolution: (1680x1050 currently, 1920x1080 when i replace in another few months)
  3. Alright, thanks for that.

    The first thing I suggest is a board like this instead: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/267506 Supports SLI.

    Better PSU: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/257232

    If you don't mind ATI, save a bundle by going with this GPU: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/244474 Peforms nearly as good as the 560 Ti.

    MUCH MUCH better cooler: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/245376

    Save a chunk of change by getting this ram: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/262580

    That's it. Tell me what you think!
  4. Just spent 15 mins finding this I saw earlier hehe http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Memory/DDR3/Dual+Channel+1600MHz/8GB+Corsair+Vengeance+Blue+%282x4GB%29+DDR3+PC3-12800C9+1600MHz+Dual+Channel+Kit+-+CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B+?productId=43953
    Gelid 4 fan packs are on ebay for £34 quid, decent fans for decent price (62cfm)
    and a few uk sites to trawl for better prices are,
    Ebuyer.co.uk
    Scan.co.uk
    Aria.co.uk
    Overclockers.co.uk (not normally cheapest but sometimes have deals on)
    Pixmania.co.uk
    and Envizage.co.uk
    +Feeling the TX650 love :P
    Moto
  5. Other than the graphics card (id really like to stick with the Nvidia card, the reviews for it seem so much more positive and i hear its a really good card with OC potential if i wanted it), the other changes look affordable :)

    Will the Asus GTX 560 Ti work well with that Gigabyte Motherboard? Or would you reccomend a different 560 GTX such as http://www.ebuyer.com/product/253958 ? Or would the Asus be ok with that motherboard?
  6. Motopsychojdn i think striker posted the same RAM deal :P but thanks anyway :D
  7. Yup! The asus will work fine. And yes the GTX 560 Ti can overclock well, you should defiantly OC it.

    I would like to suggest this PSU instead: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/241552 the XFX pro will allow you to SLI in the future for only a tiny bit more.
  8. I hate how the price slowly creeps up as I increase parts a little haha! Thanks for all the suggestions though, most likely i will go with the build you suggested since it works out only about £10 cheaper than the one i had in mind to begin with. (Big thanks for the cheaper RAM aswell :D)

    Final build of:

    Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 Z68 Socket 1155 £109
    Intel Core i5 2500K 3.3GHz Socket 1155 £160
    Corsair 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz Vengeance £72
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus £26
    XFX Pro 750W Core Edition PSU £72
    Asus GTX 560Ti DirectCU II 1GB GDDR5 £179
    Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive £42
    Sony Optiarc AD-5260S 24x DVD±RW £15
    Casecom 6788 Black Mid Tower Case £29

    Sound ok?

    +any other case recommendations? The one listed is kind of a random one i found - nothing fancy or specific in mind as long as its big enough to house everything :)
  9. Well actually, the case you picked got the Tom's Hardware recommended buy for 2010! http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153&Tpk=rosewill%20challenger It's under a different name, but if you compare the pictures they are the same asides from small asthetic differences.

    There really isn't another case in the same price/performance ratio over there. My best friend has a Challenger, and he loves it. The only downside is not much space in the back for cable management. Asides from that, excellent case.
  10. Fantastic, thanks for all the help :)

    Now to actually get paid and BUY the parts! haha :)
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