Building a first rig for gaming (FSX intended). Need help!

I'm looking to build a first rig, primarily for gaming (FSX in general). I need a little bit of help deciding what to go for. I have a budget of around £850-£900 all in. I will be using Win 7 home premium and I am looking to overclock either CPU to around 4.2GHz.

I have pre-picked two options on PCPartPicker as are as follows. I have not included cooling as I am unsure in what to choose as I'll be overclocking.

Rig 1
CPU: Intel i5-3570K
MoBo: AsRock Z77 Extreme 4 LGA1155
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866
GPU: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB
PSU: Corsair RM 750W
LG DVD/CD Optical Drive
Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" SSD
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

£730 (excluding Case, Cooling, OS, ect.)

Rig 1
CPU: Intel i5-4670K
MoBo: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory
GPU: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB
PSU: Corsair RM 750W
LG DVD/CD Optical Drive
Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" SSD
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

£760 (excluding Case, Cooling, OS, ect.)

I would like to know whether it's best to go for the i5-4670K and whether the Graphics card is up to it. What case am I recommended to go for (budget wise). And finally, what other components would be needed (i.e. sound card, Wifi adapter).
Thanks!
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  1. I would use the 4670 rig. the first rig is a dead slot. with the second rig you can at lest in a few years drop in an updated haswell cpu or it replacement. for sound cards there the motherboard built in one that works well. for wifi if yur close to the router there are cheap usb wifi dongles that are under 10.00. cheap but good cases lok at the r200/r300 cases for cosair and look at the antec cases. with your gpu if yu can wait a few weeks on buying it and use the onboard video for now nvidia is starting to drop there newer line of gpus soon.
  2. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£171.59 @ Aria PC)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler (£57.89 @ Ebuyer)
    Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£140.98 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: GeIL Enhance CORSA 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£61.38 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£62.01 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£43.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (£242.90 @ Amazon UK)
    Case: Zalman Z12 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£57.07 @ CCL Computers)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£53.54 @ Amazon UK)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHDS118-04 DVD/CD Drive (£10.78 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Total: £902.13
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-24 16:37 GMT+0000)
  3. The i5 4670k is the better choice.

    I found this page which kinda lists some optimal components and things using nvidia.

    Which would suggest that the GTX760 is probably your best bet, the effective performance increase from going to GTX770 might not be worth it. But if you have the extra £40 might be an option.
  4. I think I'll go for the i5-4670K with the MSI G45 Gaming.
    I will stretch to the GTX 770 but I'm unsure which to go for, Asus or Evga. I've heard they're both as good as each other.
    I'm swinging towards this Asus one as it has good reviews everywhere.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121770

    Does the brand of RAM matter or are they all same? Do I go for the cheapest DDR3-1600?

    Also, in terms of PSU: Is it best to go with the +80Bronze or Gold. I've been looking at the RM750 from Corsair.
    Thanks!
  5. The rm from corsair is solid, so you should do great with that.
    Asus is good, the direct CU II cooler is quiet and efficient.
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