Hi this is my first time trying to build a PC and I've been doing some research and found some parts that have been reviewed well.
I live in the UK and I'm looking to play the latest games for example Bioshock infinite on the highest graphics settings. I'm looking to spend something in the region of £1000 ($1500), the lower the better, but my current build goes over this price tag; about £1500 ($2250)
So my question is is there anything in this build i have overspent on in comparison to the rest (have i bottle-necked it), is everything i have purchased necessary for my needs and can you recommend anything cheaper than what i have that will do the same job just as well. Furthermore is there anything i am forgetting or any extra costs i have missed. If after all of this i am still over budget is there any suggestions you would make to bring it down.
Lastly is everything here compatible and do i need more fans/heat sinks than currently.
P.S I don't know a lot about computers so would you mind explaining things in a simple manner .
First off the sound card isn't needed - you can drop that and you will save £130. Same with the liquid cooler - if you're going liquid cooling a closed block like the H100 will be completely useless. Either go with a full custom loop or not at all. A Noctua D14 will give you the same results as an H100 and it's far safer. Requires no maintenance.
You're paying too much in some areas (case, cooling, sound card) where you don't need to and not enough where it really counts: the GPU. X79 - while it's great - isn't needed when you can get the i5-3570K for way less. And then invest that money in upgrading your GPU to the 670. On a gaming build the GPU is the most important part of the system as it can make or break the performance of a build and you don't want to skimp or compromise on that area if you can help it.
The HAF X is a decent tower but it's huge and you only need it if you're using a monster motherboard like the Rampage IV or Classified SRX. If you don't need that type of board you can drop the case to something much smaller and less expensive.
Use the difference to get whatever keyboard, mouse, and speakers you want. This build gives you a motherboard and CPU that's more geared toward gaming (X79 is geared towared higher end workstations), an SSD for boot drive, more storage, a *WAY* better GPU, and a case that is more suited for the build. This build is under your maximum budget but you won't compromise on any of the components listed and it will last for several years.