Compatibility Check/Advice for Home Build

I've decided on just about every part for a new home build, except the mobo and cooling (don't really have much knowledge about cooling, and unsure between two mobos), and I was wondering if any of you fine folks could help me with any issues that may be had with this potential build (I have a friend who's good at this to help me, but more advice is always welcome)

Approximate Purchase Date: Not really bothered

Budget Range: £600-£750-ish

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Surfing the Internet (YouTube, Twitter), Gaming, Movies

Parts Not Required: Mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: United Kingdom

Parts Preferences: I would like to use an Intel CPU and Nvidia Graphics card with a 22" LCD and Midi Case

Overclocking: Maybe, sounds like something I should do.

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 @ 22"

Additional Comments: Not that bothered about noise, just want a good PC that runs well.

Parts Decided On(?):

2nd Gen Intel Core i5-2500k 3.30GHz Socket LGA1155 - Retail,i5andi71155socket/bx80623i52500k.html

Acer V223HQVb 22" Full HD LCD Monitor

Corsair 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-10666C9 1333MHz Dual Channel Kit

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560Ti OC 1024MB GDDR5

Novatech Illuminated Keyboard

Novatech 7.1 Channel CMI Audio PCI Sound Card (I'm not an audiophile)

Novatech PowerStation Gaming 500W Silent ATX2 Modular PSU

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 16MB Cache Hard Drive Sata 6GB/s <8.9ms 7200rpm - OEM

Novatech Prowler Midi Case V2


Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P Intel Z68 (Socket 1155) Motherboard

Asus P8Z68-V LX Intel Z68 (Socket 1155) Motherboard


Arctic Cooling Freezer i30 CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Premium Thermal Paste - 12g

Thanks for any help, it's much appreciated.
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  1. Go with the Gigabyte board - it's the same one I have and it works great.

    As far as cooling is concerned - if you get the Arctic Cooling fan it comes with the same thermal compound - you're essentially buying the same product twice.

    Otherwise pretty good choices all around - I don't know much about Novatech but as long as that PSU is certified and rated 80+ bronze or better it should be fine.
  2. I went to see your CPU cooler, apparently it's unavailable now...
    If you're buying from novatech, consider the CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO

    All in all, looks good (I didn't really look at the case/keyboard/screen though), but I would change the memory to some that work at 1600MHz.

    I run the ASUS P8Z68-V LX and it's solid! Gigabyte is a good brand too though.
  3. The Arctic Freezer i30 comes with Arctic Cooling MX-4 thermal compound, definitely no need to buy another tube when you are getting that 'for free'.

    The Novatech PowerStation Gaming Silent 500W is basically the same thing as the OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W.
  4. Thank you all of you for your replies, I'll be sure to not buy the same product twice :P. As for the motherboards, they're both good as far as I see. Now, is there a "mark as solved" button or anything like that I should know about?
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