Only things I would advise changing are the mobo and cpu.
I5 4690k is more than enough for gaming, unless you plan on doing anything intensive (video editing, rendering ect) then a i7 is overkill and won't affect your gaming performance that much.
With the mobo, look at what features you are getting and what you actually need, I can guarantee getting something like a MSI gaming 5 will give you everthing you need and more.
However, all of the parts are good options, the above changes are just to save a bit of cash :)
My build is running similar componenets.
Ahhh there's no such thing as a overkill psu! THe better/more powerful a psu you buy the better for multiple reasons
!. Gives you loits of room to upgrade and overclock in the future
2. It gives you lower temps
3. they're more efficient
Oh Look a Thermaltake case.... /trollface/
On a serious note, this build is beautiful
You need to add the VAT to the dollar figure...
You're always going to have the issue with SLI profiles though...
970 is deffinetly one of the best bang for your buck cards at the moment though.
You'll still be able to get 8gb sticks at 2133. They're usualy around the same price as well. 2 8 gb sticks make more sense, as like I say above it means you can get extra sticks in the future if you want.
If you can afford it and will have a 1440p monitor go for the 980 ti :)
I would say get two 8 gig sticks of ram rather than 4 4 gig sticks. Getting two 8 gigs means you can add extra if needed in the future.
Also you can get a 980ti for just under £100 if you save a little longer ^
Why would you two 970's over a 980ti?
And a 1500 watt power supply?
Nope, it's available for pre order but not actual purchase. And there's still a few afterm market models to be announced.
Oh feel free to hur dur that, it's supposed to be a 1000w! Thanks for point it out.
It's not a console killer if it costs nearly 3 times as much as one...
If you're using this as a htpc/just for gaming there's no need for the i7. Swap it for an i5 and get a 970 instead
Are you sure about that...?
Sorry, didn't realize you made this before the release :)
You do realize two cards' Vram don't add together right? Well, not at present anyway. Two cards with 4gb Vram have a total of 4gb Vram.
I can't see anyway 2 980's are better than a titan. The titan is just much more 'future proof' (hate that term). However I've not actually seen any direct benchmarking between the two setups.
Always get the best single card you can afford. Two 980's may equal more raw performance yes, but SLI profiles of some games are just terrible and the second card is basically redundant, even with good SLI profiles the second card doesn't double your performance. Also don't forget about the extra vram on the titan x, games are getting more hungry for it.
I wouldn't say this is optimized for the price point... My recommendations below
The i7 is not needed for a gaming build, the i5 4690k will handle things just fine and cut around £80 off which you can spend elsewhere.
Asus h97 - You've picked a board with no SLI support even though you have a card which supports SLI.... I would reccomened spending and extra £20 getting the Asus Z97A.
Ram - If you really want 16 gigs, then I would recommended taking the save cash from the cpu and dumping it into your ram to get a higher mhz product. Alternatively go for 8 gigs with higher mhz.
Hard drive - I would say go without one and just get a bigger SSD if you have the cash.
Power supply - 750W is too much even if you plan to SLI another 970 which you can't with this build due to the mobo. Downgrade it to 600W/500W and spend the money else where.
Alright thanks I'll have a second think about the RAM :)
Thanks for the advice!
Which parts are you referring too? The mother board is slightly overkill for what I need, but I don't think it's too out of question. I could have gone for a £300 rampage black or something.
I'm not sure what other premium features you're referring to apart from on the mobo?
Yep, the 8 gigs is temporary. I plan on upgrading to dual 8 gigs in the future. 8 gigs will do in the short term though.
Completely agree on the monitor front, the one there at the moment is more of a place holder so I don't forget to order one :) The second 980 would be a looooong time off, I'm talking maybe end of next year when I need a power boost.
I might consider bumping that up to a 1440p if I can find a decent one for the cost.
I did consider that route, my trepidation is that I don't want to buy a expensive gpu only for me to break it when I water cool it. So I may change my mind down the road if I can get more info on how to do it.
Also I think the Poseidon looks awesome :)
Again I would be interested in what components you think i'm paying for premium features?
Thanks for the suggestion of downgrading from a 980. What kind of a performance dip (if any) would I see if downgrading to a 970? The other components that you've picked actually tie quite closely to what I was thinking. This is what I've thrown together so far, but I'm thinking of aligning it closer to what you've proposed. http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/mjjobson/saved/wHM48d
Yeah I just added the peripheral info in there so the price could be added to the build. I'll no doubt have a look around for reviews of any I like the look of.
Again thanks for the advice, I'm sure the girlfriend will be happy with the £400 ish drop
It depends how close you'll be sitting to your screen, if you're sitting further away then a bigger screen is generally better.
You need to remember the bigger the screen the less ppi that you get (on average) so you will lose some quality.
My advice would be to go for a good ips panel screen for around your price range as you're looking at over £300 ish for a good 120Hz monitor.
Have a look here they have some good monitors.
Brilliant thanks for all of the help!
Well you've managed to save me about £200! thanks for all of the help it's definitely appreciated!
Just got to get the last bit saved up and get this built :)
Hmmm interesting, what is the difference between modular and semi modular psu's? I've only been looking at modular ones.
Ah ok, I'm completely new to computer building so wasn't sure what the out put of the motherboard would be like.
I did notice that a lot of builds didn't have one. I might just take it off then and save a few pounds.
Thanks for the reply! Maybe mid range was a bit ambitious ehy...
I've taken your advice and updated the build. What do you think of this?
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks
It's cut about £130 off the previous price, and as far as I can see the performance is the same. I've dropped the idea of buying a psu capable of sli'ing because I won't be getting the second card for a long while. anyway.
Colours now match, thanks for pointing that out t never even occurred to me. You're right about the screen as well, would be far to big for how close I sit, and that CCL site has some really cheap monitors!
Oh and the sound card is there because I wasn't sure on hoe good the quality would be from the motherboard sound. I'm about picky about my sounds quality, worked as a sound technician for a few years.
Edited the formatting as it was horrific...
Thanks for the reply!
After doing some reading and taking your comments into account I think I'm going to go for the 780, what's another £100 when I'm already spending a grand...
Hmmm, the 760's are slightly more expensive than the one's already on there.
I was told that running multiple monitors with multiple instances of games off of one card is detrimental to the performance?
Something more like this? http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1zSl0
That saves about £160 thanks.
SSD is there just to increase boot times/load times in games ect
I've taken the peripherals off :) With them on, it totals over £1500 if I'm not mistaken.
Thanks for all the help
So with those edits, it's changed to this.
Bumped up the cost a little, but only just over budget. Anything else you'd recommended changing?
Brilliant thanks for all the help, I'll do a bit more digging but that looks good to me!
Thanks for the recommendations!
I've never used any AMD hardware before so would be a bit unsure about using it. Also I've got not idea how to overclock properly except from using software to do it. I'll have a look into and see if I can get the sameish specs for cheaper.