First time building a PC for gaming - any thoughts on my choices, please?

Hi Guys,

So the PC I've been using the past 7 years or so has just been a constantly evolving monstrosity in which I've swapped out parts that friends have recommended, etc.

But it's time for a new leaf in my book and I'm hoping to start a build from scratch. The thing is, I'm a bit of a numpty when it comes to this kind of thing and I'd be really appreciative of any suggestions/criticisms people might offer of my choices. I kind of want to nail a sweet spot between 'epic gaming PC Master Race goodness' (price around £800 tops) and affordability. Ideally this thing should be reasonably 'future proof'.

I hope to be able to run this thing on a dual monitor setup and be able to record my games with FRAPS as I play; all in all this seems a tad demanding as I'd like to be doing this on max graphics on games such as BF4, Planetside 2 and Total War: Rome II

Anyway, without much further ado: Here's what I've come up with so far:
GPU: Zotac nVidia GTX 760 (Edit: Thanks for pointing out I had the wrong card here)
CPU: Intel i5 4670k
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H Socket 1150
Hard Drives: Samsung 250gb SSD 840 EVO (for the OS) Seagate 2TB Barracuda Internal Hard Drive (for everything else)

The following I'm hoping I can recycle from my current rig, though I'm not altogether sure it'll all work with this stuff (please let me know if anything is stupid to choose here):

RAM: -2x 8gb Corsair Vengeance LP Performance Memory Modules 8gb (2x 4gb) DDR 2133MHz CL9
Power Supply: -Coolermaster Elite 500w PSU
CPU Cooling: -Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 CPU Cooler
Sound Card: -Some ancient Creative SoundBlaster card from 2005 or something ;)

Some questions:
-I know nothing about Motherboards; will the one I'm using work okay with my CPU? Ideally I'd also like 4 RAM slots (if you can get that many) and USB 3.0 functionality
-Is my power supply sufficient?
-What case would you guys recommend? I'm using a CoolerMaster Elite 510 at the moment but I doubt it'll accommodate everything. I'd also like room to fit cooling stuff as I've a feeling I might have to...
-What cooling stuff would you go for? What seems necessary?
-Will this PC be capable of dual monitor output just using the two DVI ports on the graphics card?
-Do you guys see any obvious rookie schoolboy errors? ;)

Thanks so much for reading and any help you might offer!
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  1. Well the gtx470 is pushing 4 years old and is NOT a good idea at all. You need a modern graphics card.

    You do not need a sound card as the motherboard has VERY good built in audio ($50 sound card quality or better)

    That PSU should be replaced because it is low quality. USe Corsair, Antec, XFX, Seasonic only.
  2. Ah sorry! I've edited the post - the 470 is what I am using now, I meant to type 760 (no idea what wires crossed in my brain there).

    Is a Zotac 760 a good card in your books?

    Hrm cheers on the sound card - in honesty I'd never looked into the details; just assumed that a dedicated sound card 'must' be good.
  3. You do not need a sound card for any modern computer that isn't specifically for music production. Just use the on board audio.

    The 760 is a good card. It will not max every game out right now but it will easily play everything at high and some things at max.
  4. Ah... Your pointing out the card's not quite 'top-standard' invoked some insecurities on my part.

    Other than that, I've spent most the evening reading and asking friends and this is what I've come up with:

    Does this look like a good 'final' setup? I've listed the RAM as optional as I will probably (to save money) start out using the 8gb of RAM my other PC already has.

    Is there anything I've missed?

    Cheers :)
  5. You DO NOT need 16gb RAM for gaming. get 8gb, no more.

    That lost looks great
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