First mid-range gaming PC, need advice

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-3 weeks

Budget Range: Approx. £800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (not the latest games, mostly Guild Wars 2)

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: ebuyer

Country: UK

Parts Preferences:by brand or type : No preferences

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Not sure what this is

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: A quiet PC would be great.


Include a list of any parts you have already selected with descriptively labeled links for parts.

Intel Core i5 3550 3.3GHz Socket 1155 6MB Cache Retail

Asus P8Z77-V LE Z77 Socket 1155 8 Channel HD Audio ATX Motherboard

Corsair 8GB DDR3 1333MHz XMS3 Memory

Asus GTX 560Ti DirectCU II 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI Mini HDMI PCI-E Graphics Card

Seagate 1TB Barracuda Hard Drive, SATA III, 7200 rpm, 64 MB

Coolermaster Elite 330 Case With Coolermaster eXtreme Power 500W PSU

Sony AD-7280S SATA DVD Optical Drive | OEM

Logitech Z506 5.1 Surround Sound Speakers - 75W RMS

24" ASUS VE247H Widescreen LED Monitor - Black

I'm looking for feedback on whether this is a good way to design the system and any improvements I can make, in particular regarding to compatibility of the components.
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  1. The PSU is a no go change it the ram you want 1600 not 1333 do you want to be able to overclock your CPU if no then your fine if you do want to you need i5 3570k or i5 2500k other than that your good to go have any questions just ask.
  2. Thanks very much for the quick reply. What is wrong with the PSU? Too little power? Too much? What would be a good alternative?

    No I'm not interested in OC'ing at all! And as a RAM upgrade, I can spare a little extra to get this kit:

  3. that ram is better and will be fine, coolermaster psu's and generally no good and have a rep for being cheaply made, go for a corsair or ocz imo will cost a min of £50 but it will be worth it otherwise u will need to buy a whole new pc lol
  4. This PSU would be better, although that OCZ isn't bad.

    and use this case out of the two you picked:

    It is essentially the Rosewill Challenger which is a fantastic case for cooling and airflow.
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