First Time Builder asking for advice on a moderate gaming rig

Hi all

Think I'm almost ready to order the parts and start assembling, but just wanted to check I'm not doing anything monumentally stupid, or if anyone has any great ideas that might help me! My main aim with the system is to be able to play games like Skyrim, Deus Ex etc on the highest settings.

Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime in the next week

Budget Range: $1200 (I'm in the Uk so any links shown are gonna be £ - sorry!)

Parts Not Required: Keyboard/mouse/speakers

Country: UK

Parts Preferences: These are what I've picked out so far:

Processor: Intel Core I5 2500k - - I'll probably play around with overclocking eventually.

Mobo: Z68 chipset - Either the Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3 or maybe the Asus P8z68 v lx - This is the area I'm least certain of. These are relatively cheap boards and seem to have what I need - the Gigabyte one seems better for if I decided to add an SSD later. Would I get any major benefits by paying another $100 for the Asus P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3, apart from the SLI option?

Memory: 8GB DDR3 -

GPU: Struggled a bit with this one - Was originally going to go with the 560TI - , then when the budget allowed was plucking for the 570 - . After talking with a friend though, he suggested 2 HD6870s - using crossfire. This seems like the clever option with the cheaper mobos that dont have SLI.

HDD: 1TB Seagate SATA - . Will proably wait on SSD prices to go down before getting one for caching

PSU: Im hoping a 750W should cover everything - - would a modular psu be a lot easier for a first time builder?

Case: Have my eye on the Cooler Master HAF 912 - or the Corsair 400r - both seem like they are new-builder friendly and allow ample airflow. I think the componants should fit in ok in both.

CPU cooler: Not done much research on this yet tbh. A friend suggested the Cooler Master Hyper 212 but I've read reviews where it doesnt work so well with socket 1155 boards. Any other suggestions gratefully received - the easier to install the better.

I'll also be putting a wireless network card in

Not researched a monitor yet - will probably get a 22 inch and run it in 1920x1080.
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  1. This is what I am looking at ordering on the 8th, pending any suggestions from the forums.

    Here is a link with working links, I don't think its necessary to re copy and paste :P

    ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms Monitor: $199.99

    Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series™ 600T Case: $159.99

    Corsair HX750W 750-Watt Modular Power Supply: $149.99 (not including the possible $20 MIR)

    GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3P Motherboard: $174.99

    Intel i5 2500k Processor: $224.99

    XFX Double D HD-687A-ZDFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB Graphics Card: $169.99 (not including the possible $20 MIR)

    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Memory: $46.99

    Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III SSD: $179.99

    ASUS 24X DVD Burner: $18.99

    Total cost of build: $1330.75
    Total cost after MIR's: $1290.75

    A little out of your price range, but you could easily knock a few bucks off with a lower quality PSU and a smaller SSD or none at all.

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