Advice on first gaming build

sekotsw

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Hi,

I am looking to build a gaming pc that will be able to max out upcoming new games such as Arkham city. I was looking for some feedback on the components I have chosen below. Does anyone have any suggestions of better or cheaper alternative parts? Also, are all the parts compatible and will I have any difficulty fitting them into the case?

Thanks alot

Intel Sandybridge i5-2500K Unlocked Core i5 Quad-Core Processor (3.30GHz, 6MB Cache, Socket 1155) £159.40
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-Sandybridge-i5-2500K-Quad-Core-Processor/dp/B004FA8NX2/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

Zotac 560 Ti £176.21
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Zotac-ZT-50301-10M-560Ti-Graphics-Card/dp/B004KPLS7U/ref=sr_1_3?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1313712344&sr=1-3

Corsair 2 * 4gb DDR3 RAM £40.66
http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/B003N8GVUY/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

Corsair TX750 £82.77
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CMPSU-750TXV2UK-Enthusiast-Performance-Supply/dp/B004O0P9VC/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

Gladiator 600 £50.82
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Coolermaster-Gladiator-600-Tower-Chassis/dp/B0024TI11A/ref=sr_1_1?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1313715254&sr=1-1

Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P £132.82
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/gigabyte-ga-z68xp-ud3p-intel-z68-s-1155-ddr3-sata-iii-6gb-s-raid-sata-pcie-20-(x16)-atx

Asus 1155 P8P67 Pro £125.70
http://www.amazon.co.uk/ASUS-1155-P8P67-PRO-REV/dp/B004OA3UY0/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

CPU Fan £14.83
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B002G392ZI/ref=s9_simh_gw_p147_d0_g147_i5?pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_s=center-4&pf_rd_r=07X419NVJNJDFMWAAK5P&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=467128133&pf_rd_i=468294
 

AdrianPerry

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A 750w PSU is plenty for a single GTX 560Ti and is enough to allow another card to be added in SLI.

ALWAYS go with a reputable PSU brand, dont buy cheap junk! Recommended brands include: Corsair, XFX, SeaSonic, Antec, Enermax. Modular PSU is also recommended, but not required. Always look for 80 PLUS Bronze rating or better.

Out of the 2 motherboards listed, id recommend the Z68 Gigabyte board as it offers slightly more features than a P67 chipset.

Id also recommend paying a few £ extra and getting a Gigabyte or MSI 560Ti since they have 2 fans for better cooling performance than the Zotac model you listed.

EDIT: You haven't listed a HDD or Optical Drive
HDD: Samsung SpinPoint F3 http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1tb-samsung-hd103sj-spinpoint-f3-sata-3gb-s-7200rpm-32mb-cache-89ms-ncq
Optical Drive: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/liteon-ihas122-18-22x-dvdr-8x-dvddl-dvdplusrw-x8-rw-x6-dvd-ram-x12-sata-black-oem
 
The case down below has a lot more room to work with, that XFX psu is manufactured by Seasonic as is that Corsair you have up there, this RAM is better and faster, and this Asrock board has the new PCI-E 3.0 slots that will be supported by Ivy Bridge.

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Cases/MIDI+Tower/Coolermaster+HAF+912+Plus+Midi+Chassis+?productId=42044 £62.39 inc. VAT
Coolermaster HAF 912 Plus Midi Chassis

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/750w-psu-xfx-p1-750s-nlb9-85-eff-80-plus-bronze-sli-crossfire-eps-12v-quiet-fan-atx £77.90 Inc VAT
750W PSU, XFX P1-750S-NLB9, 85% Eff', 80 PLUS Bronze, SLI/CrossFire, EPS 12V, Quiet Fan, ATX

http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/prods/components/motherboards/intel1155z68chipsetmotherboards/asrock/z68extreme3gen3.html £114.98 inc vat
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 Intel Z68 (Socket 1155) Motherboard

http://www.ebuyer.com/264750-g-skill-8gb-2x4gb-ddr3-1600mhz-ripjawsx-memory-kit-cl9-9-9-9-24-1-5v-f3-12800cl9d-8gbxl £35.02 inc. vat
G-Skill 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600Mhz RipjawsX Memory Kit CL9 (9-9-9-24) 1.5V

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z68%20Extreme3%20Gen3 <----- a better look at that board
 

AdrianPerry

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I need to keep a copy and paste link to that motherboard :p Can never remember the name of it when i wish to suggest it to someone!
 

sekotsw

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That's a decent deal on that Antec. It's semi modular and like you pointed out, it makes for a cleaner build.
 

sekotsw

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Thanks AdrianPerry and Why_me for the help. I have changed my build to accommodate your suggestions. I have one last question though. Is the cooler I have chosen sufficient for cooling my rig if I choose to overclock? Thanks in advance for any advice.