My 6 year old HP Pavilion laptop crashed and burned recently, and I took it as a sign to finally get the decent gaming PC I've been wanting for ages. I will be playing games like GW2 and Dishonered, to which I'm very much looking forward. I would like to go at least a few years before games are too good for components like the GPU and I need to upgrade.
If anyone could cast their eyes over my potential spec below and offer some opinions I would be very grateful. I'm a little worried the motherboard won't be good enough, as it's the LX rather than the straight V or the Pro, but I don't know enough about them to make a real decision so I thought I would leave it to you guys.
COOLERMASTER ELITE 310 BLUE CASE
Intel® Core™i5 Quad Core Processor i5-3570K (3.4GHz) 6MB Cache
ASUS® P8Z77-V LX: USB 3.0, SATA 6GBs, ATI®CrossFireX
8GB SAMSUNG DUAL-DDR3 1333MHz (2 X 4GB)
2GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 560 Ti - 2 DVI, HDMI, VGA - 3D Vision Ready
Memory - 1st Hard Disk
1TB 3.5" SATA-III 6GB/s HDD 7200RPM 32MB CACHE
1st DVD/BLU-RAY Drive
24x DUAL LAYER DVD WRITER ±R/±RW/RAM
Memory Card Reader
INTERNAL 52 IN 1 CARD READER (XD, MS, CF, SD, etc) + 1 x USB 2.0 PORT
600W Quiet 80 PLUS Quad Rail PSU + 120mm Case Fan
SUPER QUIET 22dBA TRIPLE COPPER HEATPIPE INTEL CPU COOLER (£19)
ONBOARD 6 CHANNEL (5.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)
10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT - AS STANDARD ON ALL PCs
6 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL (MIN 2 FRONT PORTS) AS STANDARD
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit w/SP1 - inc DVD & Licence
FREE Microsoft® Office Starter 2010 (Limited functionality Word & Excel)
BULLGUARD INTERNET SECURITY - FREE 90 DAY TRIAL
The site suggested that I only needed a 450W power supply, because it estimated that I'd be using only 436W, but as I didn't want to run that close to the wire in case I need to add anything further down the line, I upgraded to 600W. I don't think I'm too worried about overclocking, but as with the motherboard I don't really know enough about it to comment. Was the 600W a good idea?
The price is currently at £871, and if I can keep it below £900 that would be preferable.
Thanks again for any helpful comments or ideas.