Thanks for the update, now we can sort out the remainder of your parts. How did your exams go?
Screwdriver. You do not need a torch, this is exactly what you need, > http://www.ebay.in/i...#ht_1553wt_1352
RAM. Should be OK but, to be posative, please supply the spec number, (e.g. CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9)
The old 250 GB HDD from my current system is an ATA, good for a RAID setup?
No. RAID drives should be the same type and size. If you could buy a suitable cheap encloser, it would be good for backups.
CPU. We have been looking at the Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz (on the left of the page,) Can you find the Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz, at about the same price, (on the right of the page) > http://www.newegg.co...%24%24%24%24%24
What do you think to deciding on the CPU, then find the board to match?
MB. You are not going to use a CPU for overclocking, You are not going to be installing a second GPU, as this would require a bigger PSU, a case with better cooling and you would get better results in 3 or 4 years time by upgrading the GPU to the latest one on the market. so you do not need a high end MB. Those extra $ could go toward other parts.
This was the original board selected MSI ZH77A-G43 ATX Intel Motherboard On the right of the page + some to compare (I have only used MSI MBs to save mix ups.)