$750 or £500 Gaming Rig, Opinions please.

This is going to be my first Build from scratch so I just wanted some opinions on my current build plan.

I plan to use this PC for some pretty heavy gaming.

CPU: Intel i3-2100 3.1GHz 3mb Cache

GPU: Gigabyte GTX 460 1GB DDR3 Overclocked Dual Fan Edition

MOBO: MSI P67A-GD53 (B3) P67 ATX Motherboard

Memory: 2x2GB G Skill 1600MHZ (9-9-9-24)

Case and PSU: CoolerMaster Silencio 550 with CoolerMaster GX 550W PSU

Extra Case Fan: CoolerMaster HAF 120mm

HDD: I am using my old HDD until prices start to fall

What do you think of that build?

All opinions are greatly appreciated.

P.S: I would have liked to have got an i5-2500k, but due to my lack of funds I will wait until later to upgrade to an i5. In the futue I hope to add:

Another GTX 460 in crossfire
A 1000W PSU
An SSD boot-up drive

Then overclock the S**t out of it! Good Plan?
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  1. Go with the i5 2500k straight up, you're using $750 for this comp, anything over $700 and I'll put a i5 in.
  2. The i5-2500k is about $225-250 while the i3-2100 is $135, is it really worth $100?

    Btw im converting £ to $ as im British so these prices may seem steep to you as electronics over here are more expensive than in the US.
  3. Oh yeah, it's worth it. I have the i5 2500k and I have boot times of like 10 seconds (and I don't even have a SSD). If you can, definitely get the i5 2500k.
  4. Thanks for the reply, If I get a i5-2500k I would need a larger PSU right?
  5. Nope! The i5 is the same as the i3, a 95W CPU, although you might want a higher Wattage PSU if you plan to SLI.
  6. Ok, cheers, does the rest of the build look ok to you?
  7. Your build looks decent. However if you magically have a $70 lying around, you can get the Asus Maximus Gene Z if you are into overclocking. Although it's m-ATX...
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