£1000 Gaming PC Build - Feedback wanted


This is to be by first build, so feedback much appreciated. Basically I am looking to build a high(ish) end pc that'll let me play the latest games at high settings smoothly. At the moment I am on a mac mini from 09, it wasn't used for gaming, however it is now becoming increasingly worse at everything, so I decided now would be the best time to go for the pc i wanted. Anyway, enough of the chit-chat - here is what I have drafted at the minute:
(Note all prices from scan.co.uk) (location England) (already have mouse, keyboard, monitor and os) (I will be over clocking i5 to 4.5ghz) (I will be getting an intel cpu)

Intel i5 2500k - £170
Noctua NH-D14 - £60
WD 1Tb Caviar Black - £100
60Gb Corsair Force - £70
Asus P8Z68-V/GEN3 - £130
EVGA GTX 580 DS SC (4Ghz) - £320
OCZ ZX Series 850W - £130
Samsung Electronics extreme low voltage (2 x 4gb) - £35
Coolermaster HAF 932 Advance black full tower - £100

I'm looking to get another gpu in the future as an upgrade, hence the 850W psu.
The main questions I have are: Should I wait for ivy bridge? I am on a limited budget, and this build as of above reaches £1100(ish) and I couldn't go above that now, what prices will ivy bridge be, and if I do wait until ivy bridge releases would I be able to get i5 2500k cheaper? My other question is if you would be able to reduce the cost of this (recommendations please), but still keep the quality the same, or close.

Thanks in advance.
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  1. recommendation for the build

    Noctua NH-D14-2011 Dual Radiator Cooler with PWM fans,
    £55.24 £66.29

    Intel Core i5 2500K Unlocked, S1155, Sandy Bridge, Quad, 3.3GHz, HD3000 IGP 850Mhz, 6MB Cache 95W Retail
    £141.15 £169.38

    2GB Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition, 4800MHz GDDR5, 28nm, GPU 1000MHz, 1280 Cores, DL DVI/HDMI/mDP
    £228.78 £274.54

    2TB Western Digital WD20EURS AV-GP, SATA 3Gb/s, IntelliPower, 64MB Cache, NCQ
    £95.20 £114.24

    128GB Crucial RealSSD M4, 2.5" SATA 6Gb/s SSD, MLC-Flash, Read 500Mb/s, Write 175Mb/s *New Version*
    £99.12 £118.94

    8GB (2x4GB) Corsair DDR3 Vengeance Jet Black LP, PC3-12800 (1600), Non-ECC, CAS 9-9-9-24, XMP, 1.5V
    £32.80 £39.36

    Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H Gen 3, Intel Z68, 1155, DDR3, SATA III - 6Gb/s, RAID, PCIe 3.0 (x16), D-Sub/ DP/ DVI/ HDMI, ATX
    £95.68 £114.82

    850W PSU, XFX Pro Series Core Edition P1-850S-UKB9, 85% Eff', 80 PLUS Bronze, SLI/CrossFire, EPS 12V, Fan, ATX v2.2
    £69.85 £83.82

    Coolermaster CM Storm Trooper Black Full Tower Gaming Case with USB 3.0 w/o PSU
    £82.98 £99.58


  2. Ivy Bridge is due out April 29th.

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=138_711_1183 <----- Z77 boards already for sale in Australia. In the past few years the Aussies have been getting the goodies a month ahead of the US and Canada including Sandy Bridge and the 1155 boards. The Aussies have already pulled some of the 1155 Cougar Point boards (H61/H67/P67/Z68) from their site. In fact a lot of those boards are no longer for sale on that site compared to last month.

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/5166/ivy-bridge-overview <----- Ivy Bridge line-up of desktop cpu's.

    Z77/Z75 motherboards (Panther Point chipset w/native USB 3.0) and PCI-E 3.0

    http://www.asrock.com/microsite/PCIe3/overview.html <----- Quick and brief rundown of Ivy Bridge, PCI-E 3.0 cards and the new gen boards.

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/index.asp?s=1155 <---- Asrocks Z77 and Z75 boards to date. They all get released with Ivy Bridge.

    http://usa.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/Intel_Z77 <---- Asus Z77 board lineup to date.

    http://www.gigabyte.us/products/list.aspx?s=42&jid=2&p=2&v=24 <----- Gigabyte Z77 board lineup to date.

    http://us.msi.com/product/mb/#/?sk=Socket%201155%20(Intel%20i3/i5/i7) <----- MSI Z77 board lineup to date.

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/5626/ivy-bridge-preview-core-i7-3770k/9 <---- Ivy Bridge cpu review with benchmarks

    http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Cases/Midi+Tower/Cooler+Master+HAF+912+Plus+Black+Midi+Tower+Chassis+?productId=42044 £65.99 inc. VAT
    Cooler Master HAF 912 Plus Black Midi Tower Chassis

    http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Power+Supplies+-+PSUs/Non-Modular+700-950W/750W+OCZ+ZS+Series+80PLUS+Bronze+Power+Supply+?productId=45459 £62.39 inc. VAT
    750W OCZ ZS Series 80PLUS Bronze Power Supply

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z77%20Extreme4 http://www.novatech.co.uk/ <--- will have this board soon.
    ASRock Z77 Extreme4

    Intel i5-3570K Ivy Bridge CPU 3.4Ghz

    http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Coolers+-+Air/CPU+Coolers/Cooler+Master+Hyper+212+EVO+Quiet+CPU+Cooler+?productId=47248 £26.38 inc. VAT
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Quiet CPU Cooler

    http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Memory+-+RAM/DDR3/Dual+Channel+-+%281600MHz%29/Corsair+Vengeance+Low+Profile+8GB+%282x4GB%29+DDR3+PC3-12800C9+1600MHz+Dual+Channel+Kit+%28CML8GX3M2A1600C9%29+?productId=45511 £40.79 inc. VAT
    Corsair Vengeance Low Profile 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (CML8GX3M2A1600C9)

    http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Other+products/1TB+Seagate+ST1000DM003+Barracuda+7200.12+SATA+III+6Gb%2Fs+Hard+Drive+-+HDD+?productId=48501 £71.99 inc. VAT
    1TB Seagate ST1000DM003 Barracuda 7200.12 SATA III 6Gb/s Hard Drive - HDD

    http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Other+products/OCZ+Agility+3+120GB+2.5%22+SATA-III+Solid+State+Hard+Drive+?productId=47341 £98.39 inc. VAT
    OCZ Agility 3 120GB 2.5" SATA-III Solid State Hard Drive

    http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Storage/Optical+Drives/DVDRW+Dual+Layer+-+SATA/Sony+24x+Internal+DVD-RAM%2B%2F-+Writer+SATA+Black+Bare+Drive+?productId=48288 £13.09 inc. VAT
    Sony 24x Internal DVD-RAM+/- Writer SATA Black Bare Drive

    http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Graphics+Cards+-+AMD/Radeon+HD+7870/Sapphire+Radeon+HD+7870+2048MB+GDDR5+PCI-Express+Graphics+Card+?productId=49169 £273.59 inc. VAT
    Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2048MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card

    http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Software/Operating+Systems/MICROSOFT+Windows+Home+Premium+7+SP1+64-bit+EN+1pk+-+OEM+%5BGFC-02050%5D+?productId=38272 £70.50 inc. VAT
    MICROSOFT Windows Home Premium 7 SP1 64-bit EN 1pk - OEM [GFC-02050]
  3. https://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Intel+Core+i5-2500K+3.30GHz+%28Sandybridge%29+Socket+LGA1155+Unlocked+Processor+-+Retail+?productId=43216
    Intel Core i5-2500K £156

    http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Com [...] ctId=47248
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Quiet CPU Cooler £26

    ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 £120

    8GB Mushkin Enhanced Blackline £34

    Palit GeForce GTX 680 £400

    Crucial m4 128GB £108

    http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecial [...] ctId=48501
    1TB Seagate ST1000DM003 Barracuda 7200.12 SATA III 6Gb/s Hard Drive - HDD £72

    850W XFX Core Edition £76

    Fractal Design Core 3000 £49

    http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Sto [...] ctId=48288
    Sony 24x Internal DVD-RAM+/- Writer SATA Black Bare Drive £13

    Total price (inc VAT and P&P): £1081.87

    If you want it to come under £1k (or closer anyway)

    PNY GeForce GTX 580 £320

    Total price: £1002.31

    Although as Why_Me points out it may be worth waiting until the end of the month for the panther point motherboards
  4. Thanks for the replies so far!
    I think I will definitely go for a CM Storm Trooper as my case.
    And also as the HDD, I think the 1TB of barracuda seagate is the way forward. Around £30 cheaper than the WD.
    And I may also go with the CM Hyper 212 instead of the d14 if I need to reduce the price more so.
    I think I will go with the i5 2500k rather than wait for ivy bridge - the performance figures provided in links above (thanks Why_Me) confirmed to me the difference will not sway my decision). <- so therefore would you advise I simply get the ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 instead of wait for the newer 77 boards etc?(sorry if I have missed the mark here - i'm new )

    Also to note, I would really prefer to be able to get a gtx 680 over the 580 as Metal Orient put above (thanks for that list it in particular very suits what I'm looking for)

    And also, I think I will be buying from aria.co.uk - it looks and sounds a good website.
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