~£800-£900 gaming rig - need advice!

Budget Range: Under £900

Intended Usage: Gaming (Diablo 3, WoW, Starcraft 2 in particular), watching movies, work, programming

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor

I have never built a computer before so I thought it would be a good idea to get some advice on the build I have chosen first from people who have some expertise on the subject!

Here is my current build:

CPU: Intel i5 2500K
http://ark.intel.com/products/52210

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68 PRO-V/GEN3
http://uk.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z68V_PROGEN3/

GPU: Asus nVIDIA 3D GeForce GTX 560Ti DirectCu II TOP Graphics Card (1GB)
http://www.asus.com/Graphics_Cards/NVIDIA_Series/ENGTX560_Ti_DCII_TOP2DI1GD5/#specifications

HDD: Western Digital 1TB 3.5" SATA-III 6GB/s Caviar Black HD - 7200rpm
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533

RAM: Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B 8GB 1600Mhz CL9 DDR3 Vengeance Memory Module Kit
http://www.corsair.com/vengeance-8gb-dual-channel-ddr3-memory-kit-cmz8gx3m2a1600c9b.html

XFX 650W XXX Edition Modular Power Supply
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA-002-XF

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus CPU cooler fan
http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=6603

Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus chassis
http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=6737

LiteOn DVD burner (IHAS 524)
http://www.liteonit.eu/en/optical-storage-dvd-rw-internal/ihas524/specification.html

I was thinking of buying an additional case fan to attach at the back of the chassis as there is only one fan included - I was considering getting a Cooler Master BC 120mm blue LED fan or something similar (link below) as there is a clear window in the chassis and it would add a nice visual effect, but I am not sure how effective the fan will be, and I'd rather go with performance than looks - I would appreciate any advice!

LED fan:
http://www.coolermaster.co.uk/product.php?category_id=3602&product_id=6738

Any general comments on the proposed build would also be really appreciated, specifically if the parts are all compatible and if the PSU will provide sufficient power :)

Thanks a lot for your advice! :)
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  1. All looks good. If you wanted you could get this motherboard instead....

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131781

    and use the money saved to get this gpu..

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125419

    this set up will give better gaming performance.

    Also the psu will be fine and may even allow xfired 7850's in the future.
  2. Thanks for the advice - I really appreciate it! I think I would prefer to stick with nVIDIA though for the GPU…
    It's good to know that all the parts should work together - thanks :)
  3. Phoenix217 said:
    Thanks for the advice - I really appreciate it! I think I would prefer to stick with nVIDIA though for the GPU…
    It's good to know that all the parts should work together - thanks :)


    haha no prob..also you can sub in a gtx 570 for the 7850 since they are close in price.
  4. Thanks for the info! I will go do some research :)
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