New £1000 Gaming, programming and general purpose computer

Approximate Purchase Date: Next week

Budget Range: £1000 maximum

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Movies and general purpose usage, Java programming, Gaming

Parts Not Required: Graphics Card, Speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: and

Country: UK

Parts Preferences: No preferences

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 2 x 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments:

My current computer is a homebuilt Asrock dual sata 939 mobo paired with an Athlon x2 3800 OC @ 2.4Ghz and 2GB DDR RAM. I've had this for many years and it has served me very well.
Fairly recently both the graphics card (ati x1900xt 512) and one of my hard drives died. I replaced the graphics card with a gts 250 for £40, but this card is massively bottle necked by the rest of the system. I intend to use this card in the new system for now.
I also got a 1TB external hard drive which will serve as my main data storage drive for the new system.
Anyway, I decided it's finally time to upgrade as I want to do more programming at home on personal projects (My job is a java dev), and I want to play some of the games I missed out on over recent years. The computer will also be used quite a lot for media consumption as well.

My current shoppig list is below. I would appreciate any advice/critiques/recommendations from the lovely members of this forum.

Case: Antec One - £44.99

PSU: XFX Pro 550W Core Edition - £44.99

Mobo: Asus p8z68-v lx - £84.02

CPU: Intel i5 2500k - £164.10

HSF: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - £23.99

RAM: 8GB (2x4GB) Corsair Vengeance LP - £44.99

SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 120GB - £90.15

DVD Drive: Samsung - £15.98

Monitors: 2 x Iiyama prolite e2409hds-1 - £261.80

Keyboard: MS Sidewinder X4 - £29.99

Mouse: Logitech G300 - £24.98

Touch pad: Wacom bamboo pen and touch - £71.44

Headset: Plantronics GameCom 380 - £17.50

Total cost: £918.92

The parts I am not sure on are the mobo and psu. I recently built a similarly specced computer for a friend but it had a corsair ax850 psu and the Asus P8Z68-V GEN3 and had no problems with this.

Depending on what the general consensus on the listed psu and mobo, I would be happy to upgrade them both, given that I do intend to overclock the cpu to at least 4GHz. If the upgrades push over budget, the headset is expendable, and I am happy to get a cheaper keyboard and mouse. Also the wacom bamboo has a pen only version for around £50 which I would be happy with if budget allows.

I realise that the GTS 250 graphics card that will be placed into this system will be underpowered compared to the rest of the components, but I won't be gaming all that often, and there are plenty of games from several years ago that I should be able to enjoy on this card. Gaming will be done on a single monitor only. I don't expect to be able to play dual monitor with this card. The dual monitors are mainly for productivity while programming. If needs be in the future I will add a new graphics card in. I never have any intention of doing SLI/CF.

Right, I think that's enough info. Just want to say hi to the forums, and I look forward to your replies.
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  1. Most of these prices are from Scan! Scan is far cheaper than overclockers nowadays! I have rounded most of the prices up though hence you can probably get them for cheaper.

    Case: Silverstone SST-FT01S-W Fortress Silver = £75
    CPU: i5-2500k socket 1155 = £170
    HDD: Seagate ST31000524AS 1TB Hard Drive = £65
    Mobo: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H Intel Z77 = £80
    RAM: Corsair Memory 8GB Vengeance = £45
    PSU: Corsair Enthusiast TX V2 CMPSU-650TXV2UK 650W = £75
    Optical Drive: 24x Black SATA DVDRW Sony AD-7280S-0B = £15
    SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 120GB - £100

    Total: £625

    LG IPS235V-BN IPS 23 Inch LED x 2 (much better than the monitors you suggested plus they're IPS!)

    Total: £277.48

    GRAND TOTAL: £902.48

    -Your GPU may be a little under powered in my opinion - it's alright but it's not utilizing the rest of your system fantastically.
    -I have not mentioned peripherals because they are much a matter of personal preference. For instance I only like the feel of Logitech mice, whilst others hate them and only buy Razer! However £100 to buy a keyboard/mouse + headset isn't awful (G500 mouse = £35, Steelseries 3H Headset = £35, £30 free for your keyboard)
    - All the prices above are deliberately higher than what they need to be, I've usually just rounded up to the nearest 5 or 10. This gives you a small margin for error/shipping.
    - You can overclock with this build since that motherboard is capable of overclocking however I suggest that if you do you purchase a non-stock cooler. Either something like like the SilverArrow or a Corsair Hxx series

    Feel free to message me if you have any questions at all.

    All the best,

    Edit: I forgot your touchpad thing! Sorry I have no idea about these!
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