Advice/Comments on First time build


I am designing a gaming/everyday build with a budget of £650-700. I will be playing COD, BF, minecraft, skyrim etc. In terms of games and will be using it also for Uni so I need the capabilities of Auto CAD as well. I do intend to over clock but being a beginner I only intend to raise it to 4k which according to reviews is more than within the limits of the stock fan and if I need a higher clock speed I can upgrade the cooler. Here are the parts I have chosen:

CPU: I5 2500K - £162
MoBo: ASUS 1155 P8P67 - £100
GPU: EVGA Geforce GTX 560 Ti - £170
RAM: Corsair 8GB Vengeance - £42
HDD: Western Digital caviar 500GB internal hard drive OEM - £50
Disk drive: Sony Internal DVDWRAM SATA Black lightscribe - £15
OS: Windows 7 home premium 64bit - £68

Total: £674

If I have missed anything vitally important such as incompatibility or I have chosen something that is unnecessary or can be improved please suggest the replacement and explanation. Thanks for your assistance :)
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  1. For cad I would recommend a i7. I would also recommend a Ivy Bridge cpu instead of Sandy Bridge. In this case you would want a Z77 motherboard.

    If your sticking with the 2500K, You would rather have a Z68 than a P67, newer with more features.
  2. I would get the Asrock z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3 MoBo instead of that one.

    I see that you don't have a power supply. XFX Core Edition Pro 550W is what I would recommend.

    The Corsair Vengeance RAM has tall heat spreaders which may interfere with the installation of a CPU cooler in the future. May as well get something with shorter heat spreaders right now. Something like the Mushkin Blackline FrostByte, G-Skill Ripjaws or G-Skill Ares.

    Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO for a CPU cooler (in the future). My advice is to just monitor the temps of your CPU first. Though it may be rated for it, the stock fan may just release enough heat so the CPU is borderlining in the safe zone.
  3. The CAD is not a major thing, It would be only something I would do once in a while, I just thought I would mention it in case it would massively change the design.
  4. Then I would recommend i5-2500K/Z68 or i5-3470/Z77.

    I prefer the latter, it's slightly slower clocked but it's faster clock for clock.

    Either will hit 4ghz, if you want 4.5+ then stick with the 2500K.

    Either way you'll need a cooler, a coolermaster hyper 212+ or 212 EVO.
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