Upgrading work/gaming PC - Crit my rig!

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There's been alot of hardware talk in the Sandy Bridge thread, but I wanted to get some opinions on my own upgrade, and possibly turn this into a Hardware/upgrade thread if anyone else wants to throw around specs and prices! :D


My current PC is about 4 years old, give or take the odd replacement along the way. But the big two, my CPU and GFX card, have been with me since 2007. Console's have kept game specs down enough that it can still play new releases on my tiny 1440 x 900 monitor, but it's really chugging under heavy 3d and graphics work.

The OLD
  • Gigabyte GA-EP45
  • 2x1GB DDR2 RAM
  • Core 2 Duo E6550 2.33GHz
  • nVidia 8800 GTS

The NEW
  • Asus P8P67
  • 2x4GB DDR3 RAM
  • Core i5 2400 3.10GHz
  • Gainward GTX 460 SE
Total Price £480

My questions are:
How big a difference is the i5 2500 from the 2400? is .20 Ghz really worth it?
Will 550 watts power this fine?
Does anyone have any tips on good, 22/23" monitors for under £200?


So, anybody see any problems?

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