A simple first build for under £500

Hey everyone, I was planning on building my first gaming PC soon (Can buy parts in 13 Days to be exact) and was wondering if the wonderful people on Tom's Hardware would be willing to give me their opinions and aid me with general knowledge :)

So following the layout we are supposed to:

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: As mentioned the money is ready to be spent in 13 days but I can do later.

Budget Range: Trying to keep under £430 (including shipping) but I can do about £20 more if really needed.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Adobe Creative suite, Gaming, Surfing the internet, Watching movies etc...

Are you buying a monitor: No (Already have a good one, Can set up dual monitors too)

Parts to Upgrade Buy: Building from scratch apart from a 350GB Western Digital hard drive (Which will last me for now)

ASUS P8Z77-V LX Intel Z77 (Socket 1155) Motherboard

Antec 300

3rd Generation (Ivy) Intel i5 3570K - Retail

Corsair Vengeance Blue 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800 C9 1600MHZ Dual Channel

OCZ ModXStream Pro 500w Silent SLI Ready ATX2 Modular Power Supply

Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x DVD+/-RW SATA Black - OEM

Do you need to buy OS: Nope.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I have looked at overclockers, Aria, Scan and Novatech - I think Novatech is cheapest for selected parts.

Location: Southampton, Hampshire, U.K.

Parts Preferences: Nothing specific but I guess I'm pretty set on an intel i5 3570k.

Overclocking: Maybe, Need to read up some more and Obviously get a aftermarket cooler but that will come at a later point - at least 3-4 months.

SLI or Crossfire: Not really planning on it. At all.

Your Monitor Resolution: Not sure but its not amazingly high.

Additional Comments: I don't care for "bling" or windows or anything, As long as it is capable of being upgraded (With a graphics card) in the near future - Although from what I hear the intergrated graphics in the 3570k is good enough to run most games on medium anyway (?) I want to make sure that obviously it doesn't sound like a vacuum cleaner (Like my current Packard Bell Istart). I use photoshop pretty much all day and night, Surf the internet and occasionally play games although I would really like the ability to play any game and so want to keep my options open (Hence the future graphics card upgrade)

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My current PC is runs at about
and sounds like a vacuum cleaner (YES, I HAVE cleaned it AND applied thermal paste)

Many thanks for reading and even more so if you reply, The dead set budget would be £450 but I don't mind getting the parts from a different website.
P.s. My email is Khashayarlotfi@yahoo.co.uk
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  1. you don't have a video card with this build and no video card you wont be able to do anything lol go with a XFX Double D Radeon HD 6850 @ 140$ video card you psu is good but you can buy another one for cheaper and is stronger its called antec earthwatts 650 + 80 bronze certified if you are going to buy a CPU THAT IS K SERIES you are going to need a CPU COOLER FOR SURE get a cooler master evo 212 CPU COOLER to keep the cpu under a good temp you should be able to overclock without any problems with this build ^^
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