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

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December 31, 2013 8:35:43 AM

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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December 31, 2013 8:39:55 AM

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.
December 31, 2013 8:48:48 AM

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.
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December 31, 2013 9:06:17 AM

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.
December 31, 2013 12:36:58 PM

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 :) 
December 31, 2013 12:42:53 PM

You DO NOT need 16gb RAM for gaming. get 8gb, no more.

That lost looks great