New Gaming Build £1200-£1500

I have currently been spec'd:

CPU - Intel i5 4690K
GPU - MSI GTX 970
Motherboard - ASUS Z97 PRO GAMER
RAM - 2 x 8GB Corsair Vengeance Pro 1866Mhz
Storage - Samsung 850 EVO 500GB
Cooling - Corsair H100i with 240mm radiator
PSU - Corsair RM1000 80plus gold
Case - Corsair Carbide Series Air 540 Windowed

What I want it set up that will be able to play max graphics on most if not all games. I currently have a couple of spare hard drives I will be using so won't need any more storage.
I would also like my mobo to have the capability of adding another card for SLI/Crossfire in the future.

Can anyone suggest any improvements on this? I currently have the above priced at £1149.69 (not really shopped around much yet).

Thanks in advance.
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  1. MB - Fine and all, but overkill.
    CPU COOLER - The H100i will have no issues keeping the overclocked i5 cool. ...and neither will the Hyper 212 EVO or Noctua NH-D14 or D15 air coolers for much less cost. Swap this back in if you really want water cooling.
    MEM - The modules below have the same specs for less cost (and no tall heat spreaders).
    CASE - Eh... For the cost, the Fractal below is a better purchase.
    PSU - Overkill and overpriced. 750w / 850w is plenty for a pair of GTX 970 GPUs. Stick with XFX or Seasonic.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£183.54 @ Aria PC)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler (£65.46 @ CCL Computers)
    Motherboard: Asus Z97-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£114.66 @ Ebuyer)
    Memory: Kingston Fury Black Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£47.06 @ More Computers)
    Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£149.00 @ Amazon UK)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 970 4GB STRIX Video Card (£278.99 @ Aria PC)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R5 w/Window (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£80.90 @ Ebuyer)
    Power Supply: XFX PRO Black Edition 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply (£105.28 @ More Computers)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£10.16 @ CCL Computers)
    Total: £1035.05
  2. sadams04 said:
    MB - Fine and all, but overkill.
    CPU COOLER - The H100i will have no issues keeping the overclocked i5 cool. ...and neither will the Hyper 212 EVO or Noctua NH-D14 or D15 air coolers for much less cost. Swap this back in if you really want water cooling.
    MEM - The modules below have the same specs for less cost (and no tall heat spreaders).
    CASE - Eh... For the cost, the Fractal below is a better purchase.
    PSU - Overkill and overpriced. 750w / 850w is plenty for a pair of GTX 970 GPUs. Stick with XFX or Seasonic.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£183.54 @ Aria PC)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler (£65.46 @ CCL Computers)
    Motherboard: Asus Z97-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£114.66 @ Ebuyer)
    Memory: Kingston Fury Black Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£47.06 @ More Computers)
    Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£149.00 @ Amazon UK)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 970 4GB STRIX Video Card (£278.99 @ Aria PC)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R5 w/Window (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£80.90 @ Ebuyer)
    Power Supply: XFX PRO Black Edition 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply (£105.28 @ More Computers)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£10.16 @ CCL Computers)
    Total: £1035.05


    +1; This is a solid 1000 quid build that will last you for years and handle anything that you throw at it!
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