First Build - Downgrade anything?

PCPartPicker part list:
Price breakdown by merchant:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£161.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS12X Ball Bearing CPU Cooler (£55.65 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-GD65 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£119.99 @ Aria PC)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£50.47 @ Dabs)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£99.54 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£175.00 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (£305.99 @ Dabs)
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£51.98 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£89.99 @ Ebuyer)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.94 @ CCL Computers)

Total: £1180.54

So I have some money saved up, and as part of my 21st birthday I'm wanting to build my first desktop. Firstly, I think this build looks pretty decent, but if there is anything that I can save some money on and still get super smooth gameplay then I would appreciate if it was pointed out to me. I'm thinking Novatech's own 750W Black Ed PSU would save me £25, and I may end up going for a cheaper CPU fan but Zalman's looks badass with their matching case.
Also, I'm an architecture student so how much more would an i7 benefit me for rendering or is the i5 and a 670 powerful enough for all that.
Anything else that you think needs pointing out to me would be appreciated too!


Approximate Purchase Date: July (I know its a way off and there will be some releases between, but as of now this is the build I'm thinking of)

Budget Range: Around £1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming/Rendering and architecture crap -> Watching movies/surfing the net

Are you buying a monitor: Yes / Probably

Parts to Upgrade: New build

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Location: UK

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in future

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 is preferred, may end up with a 3 monitor setup depending on price
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  1. A lot will change in the next 4-5 months. I highly doubt this will be the build you get then. But if it is, some of the parts should be cheaper by then.
  2. Kinda early to tell. Given how the price of components drops as they become outmatched by newer ones, you might get your wish without changing anything.
  3. My thoughts exactly, but if I were to go out and buy it tomorrow, are there any suggestions you would make?
  4. It looks pretty nice. I have no idea about EVGA PSU's, I haven't heard either way. There is only one listed on this chart..

    Other than my personal preferences, it looks solid. You could go smaller on the ssd and PSU to save some money, but I like it how it sits.

    Edit: you could also save some money on a blue drive instead of the black.
  5. Sorry, apart from that, I live in US, could not really tell the prices. The PSU suggestion you made sounds reasonable.
    Keep in mind that this is a system you plan to use for a while, it needs to be stable and reliable, since you'll be using it for work/projects. Every penny you invest here might mean the difference between a finished project and a lost one.
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