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I5 Tight Budget Build - Compatibility Check + Advice

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January 21, 2012 8:28:28 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget Range: £400 - £800 (after 20% VAT)

System Usage: Gaming

Parts Not Required: GPU (GTS250 1GB), Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Monitor, OS, Cables.

Preferred Website: www.scan.co.uk

Country: UK

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, Asus Motherboard, Kingston/Corsair RAM - mid or full tower case.

Overclocking: Definitely overclocking in the future.

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1440 x 900 until I have more budget. Then 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: Sound is no issue, keeping low temps is paramount. (Smokey living room, constantly on dust removal, is there a way to protect against smoke dust entering the case?) I also would love to experiment with liquid cooling, but have no experience in installation of liquid cooling, I am dubious of trying it.

My concept at this point in time is the following custom home build, if you could please let me know if I have missed anything or made some incompatible choices:

Antec 300 Three Hundred, Black Mid Tower Ultimate Gaming Case w/o PSU (New Version) - £42.74
Intel Core i5 2500K Unlocked, S1155, Sandy Bridge, Quad, 3.3GHz, HD3000 IGP 850Mhz, 6MB Cache 95W Retail - £174.18
Arctic Cooling Freezer i30 CPU DT 4 Heat Pipe Cooler with 120mm Silent Fan for Intel Socket LGA 2011/1155/1156 - £44.25
250GB Western Digital WD2500AAKX Caviar Blue, SATA 6Gb/s, 7200rpm, 16MB Cache - £53.10
8GB (4x2GB) Corsair DDR3 Vengeance Jet Black, PC3-12800 (1600), Non-ECC, CAS 9-9-9-24, XMP, 1.5V, Z68 - £44.50
Asus P8Z68-V LX, Intel Z68, S 1155, DDR3, SATA III - 6Gb/s, SATA RAID, PCIe 2.0 (x16), ATX - £78.82
500W PSU, Corsair Gaming Series GS500 CP-9020005-UK, 80% Eff', 80 PLUS, Quiet Fan, ATX v2.3 - £55.80

Total £ 493.39 (all prices from www.scan.co.uk)
January 21, 2012 8:57:17 PM

thats a pretty bad gpu.....
January 21, 2012 9:03:05 PM

Saving on the budget and in any case it can be upgraded later. Thanks for your input though. Most my gaming is CPU intensive (MMORPG) anyway. I dont mind dropping AA and Bloom to play them.
January 21, 2012 9:06:40 PM

you should be able to fit in a good gpu for 300
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