You won't get better than the Asus board for that price and fifty quid for the 600w corsair is real good, you might save a fiver or so dropping to a 500 or 550w but for the difference you may as well keep where you are
Diddle, thanks a lot for your help. Will stick with what ive planned on then. The corsair 550w was like £80-85! I was originally going for a 430W corsair but after seeing the GTX 560 graphics card minimum wattage i thought hmm, it may be worth planning in advance.
Thanks Raiddinn, I will have a look at those PSU's, is there any reason why i should go for the XFX? Would a 550w be sufficient for some of the highest graphics cards?
Did briefly have a look at a H61 at first with a pc tech at the repair shop i volunteer at and when i told him about me preparing the board for the future he recommended the Z68 within the budget i had.
I'll have a look into it and see what i'd be losing from the Z68. Mainly interested in the RAM slots and would prefer 4.
Hi geofelt and thanks. I guess ill plump for the 550w xfx in that case
I never pay for the brand new cards as simply I couldnt afford it and prefer to wait until they take a dive in price but its nice to have a heads up as I'll be heading down that street eventually in the future.
Ive been reading all about PSU's as hardware isnt my strong point and it makes me so glad i didnt buy the Ace/Alpine range of 650w and 800w for bugger all as you apparently get what you pay for.
I do have an ATX case..but if a mATX is cheaper and would still fit fine without losing much or anything at all other than the dimensions then I would consider that.
I would stick with a regular ATX case. I would suggest HAF 912. You never know if your next motherboard will be a micro board in the future. If you just get a regular ATX now you don't have to worry about being forced to pick a micro board based on size concerns later.
If you already own a regular ATX case, just keep that.
Everything I have read says that H61 should be fine for Ivy Bridge with a BIOS update, but then again everything will probably need a BIOS update to work with Ivy Bridge regardless of what board it is.