I'm ordering tonight for those of you who wanted to know what I went with. Ended up spending double the original budget mentioned in this thread. Oops! Haha Ordering from Chillblast!
Cooler Master CM-690 II Lite Dominator Case
Intel Core i5 4670K Haswell Processor Overclocked to up to 4.2GHz
Xigmatek Gaia Quiet CPU Cooler
Arctic Silver 5 thermal paste
Asus Z87-K Motherboard
8GB PC3-10666 1333MHz DDR3 Memory Vengeance Black (2 x 4GB sticks)
Chillblast NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Graphics Card
1000GB 7200RPM Hard Disk - 6Gbps
24x SATA DVD-RW Drive
FSP Premium Grade 80+ Certified 600W PSU
Onboard High Definition Audio
Windows 8.1 64 bit
23" Iiyama Prolite X2377HDS IPS Widescreen TFT Monitor
802.11N Wireless PC E Adaptor
Thanks for all the help!
Still, that's a nice case (still wish I'd gotten that one instead of the Silverstone I have), nice CPU & mobo, decent GPU that'll eat anything current at 1080p... you'll not be disappointed, I don't think :)
But no SSD? I'd really thoroughly recommend one as a boot drive... you know, if your budget can stretch... ;)
And yeah I hope the GPU is going to perform as well as I think it will! As I can't go SLI I wanted a beefy one! :P
That's a great setup - SSD, more RAM, even more powerful GPU - you have to draw the line somewhere and that looks like a decent place to do so.
I don't think anyone would argue that was a bad build - everyone will have preferences on where they'd spend the money (for gaming, I'd still emphasise the GPU over CPU, even more than you've done here) but you'll find a lot of sites recommending something very close to what you've gone for, and everything looks a decent component (i.e. you've not skimped on the case or PSU).
I would say: SLI/Crossfire aren't worth it, IME. I had CrossFired 5770's until recently and the grief with drivers, stuttering and constant nagging worry of "is it working as well as it could?" isn't worth the aggro. A powerful single GPU is better than a pair of GPU's. If you can get a 760 cheap off eBay then it might be worthwhile, but otherwise I'd just sit on the 760 for another three or four years and then splurge on a big GPU upgrade then - the rest of your kit will still be solid and sufficient by that point, it's a really good foundation you've got there. The 760 is at least on a par with anything the consoles will push, and 2GB of RAM is as much as you'll get on all but the priciest of cards now, so it'll serve you well for a good few years yet :)
I may have the SSD and case fans off you if you'd split it up? Not prepared to pay mega bucks though :P
Sorry to just drop by into this post like this although I built a gaming desktop a while back when 1155 socket was new and bought a Intel Pentium Dual Core Processor around £30 but spent £150 on the HD 7770 GPU I never came across any game that struggled... heck I only sold it 2 months ago it was playin Batman Arkham Origins at almost Ultra settings and getting a decent 52fps average aswell! With an SSD you may not believe it but this thing flew it was fast to boot and open programmes never had an issue even though the processor was just a lil Pentium handled tasks amazingly! I think spending more on a GPU and a few quid less on CPU is always the better option!