Need advice on budget gaming PC

Hello guys,

I have done quite a bit of research into building my first PC setup and feel I have reached the best solution for me. However I am new to this and would like some advice towards the parts I have picked and any alternative parts I should consider. Currently the build is going to cost around £650, I originally set myself a strict budget of £600 but have had to consider stretching it up to £700; so I am not really willing to spend that much more unless it is a significant upgrade.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next few days, at the very latest I would like the setup to be complete by the 26th September 2011.

Budget Range: £600 - £700.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Website building, 3D Modelling/Rendering, video editing.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Scan.co.uk, Dabs.com. I am open to others though.

Country of Origin: England

Parts Preferences: Currently being swayed towards AMD because of the free game offered and cheaper than Intel.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1600x1200 currently but would like to upgrade in the future

Additional Comments: I am being drawn towards having some kind of LED lighting, and the system being as quiet and cool as possible. I am willing to pay more for an interesting looking case.


Parts

Case: Coolermaster HAF 922 - http://www.scan.co.uk/products/coolermaster-haf-922-black-mid-tower-case-with-20cm-silent-fan-w-o-psu

CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1100T 3.3GHz - http://www.dabs.com/products/amd-phenom-ii-x6-1100t-3-3ghz-black-edition-125w-9mb-78XC.html

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 - http://www.dabs.com/products/corsair-vengeance-8gb--2x4gb--ddr3-1600mhz-cl9-xmp-79V4.html

Graphics Card: Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 6870 900MHz 1GB - http://www.dabs.com/products/sapphire-technology-ati-radeon-hd-6870-900mhz-1gb-pci-express-dvi-hdmi---2-x-mdp-7G0M.html (Currently seems to be unavailable at this store though.)

Motherboard: Asus M4A88TD-V - http://www.dabs.com/products/asus-m4a88td-v-evo-usb3--amd-880g--am3--4ddr3--dsub-dvi-hdmi--2pci-ex16--raid-usb3---sata6--atx-6ZF6.html?q=ASUS%20M4A88TD-V (Also appears unavailable at the moment.)

Power Supply: Corsair Memory TX750 - http://www.dabs.com/products/corsair-memory-tx750-v2-750w-atx-enthusiast-series-7CHC.html?refs=55430000

Hard Drive: Samsung 1TB Spinpoint 7200rpm - http://www.dabs.com/products/samsung-1tb-spinpoint-f3-7200rpm-sata-3gb-s-32mb-65QC.html?q=SAMSUNG+Spinpoint+F3+HD103SJ+1TB+7200+RPM

Optical Drive: http://www.dabs.com/products/best-value-liteon-24x-int--dvdrw-black-sata---s-w-6M84.html

I would like to know if everything is compatible? How well will it run? How long will it last for gaming before I need to consider an upgrade?

Other concerns are two of the products appear to be currently unavailable(Graphics card and motherboard), so are there any suggestions for a cheaper or same price alternative?

Also regarding the graphics card I am unsure on what is the best 6870 model, currently I have chosen a Sapphire one, but there are others available now for the same price from makers such as XFX, Asus and MSI.

Also I have been told by a friend that the onboard sound and network cards are good enough with this motherboard, although I may purchase them in the future. Also the heatsink that comes with the CPU is good enough so I don't need to buy a separate one for that, although he did say it would not hurt to buy one.

As mentioned earlier I would like the option of adding a second graphics card at some point and doing some overclocking.

That's about it, any help is greatly appreciated. Thank You for your time.
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  1. Looks good! I'd get a 560TI, it's almost the same price of the 6870 and better by 3% but also comes with a free BATMAN ARKHAM CITY GAME.

    Woohhh. the price difference is big. Get the 6870 then
  2. The 560Ti is actually quite alot more expensive than the 6870. Its the same price as a 6950. Although again, I recommend a 560Ti for lasting gaming performance.

    The case you have chosen is huge for what you plan to put inside it, unless you really want that case, you could buy a much cheaper mid-Tower ATX case.
    HAF 912 £60 http://www.scan.co.uk/products/coolermaster-haf-912-plus-black-mid-tower-case-w-o-psu
    HAF 922 £83 http://www.scan.co.uk/products/coolermaster-haf-922-black-mid-tower-case-with-20cm-silent-fan-w-o-psu

    If you dont plan to Crossfire/SLI your graphics card you could also drop down to a 500w PSU.

    AM3+ Motherboard here with Crossfire support £72 Asus M5A97 AMD 970 AM3+
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-m5a97-amd-970-s-am3plus-ddr3-sata-iii-6gb-s-raid-sata-pcie-20-(x16)-atx

    Gigabyte 560Ti OC £180
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-gigabyte-gtx-560ti-oc-40nm-4000mhz-gddr5-gpu-900mhz-shader-1800mhz-384-cores-dvi-mhdmi-plusfree-
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