I have little knowledge on building a new computer and am running a really old dell right now. I have successfully changed my video card and memory on that computer but I think they was a lot easier than a complete new build. I have done a lot of research on different parts and this is what I came up with. I like the cpu, motherboard, and case. Are they good picks?
Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
Microsoft Windows 8 Professional Full (64-bit)
My questions are does all these parts make sense with one another(compatibility)? I am looking for a gaming computer that will allows for substantial upgrades in the future but still play games like Battlefield 3 on high settings now and in the future Battlefield 4. I know the PSU is a little much but am looking to SLI in the future and I believe that motherboard has that option. I do not know a lot about good cpu coolers, power supplies(so just went with a 80 plus platinum certified), or optical drives. Which are the best for what I am looking for?
Another question is how hard is it to install the CPU Cooler especially liquid cooled?
It's a good build overall. However, you could save plenty of money (around $200) if you just got the i5-3570K with a Hyper 212 Evo CPU cooler. The i5 performs similar to the i7 when overclocked above 4 Ghz (and it is very capable of doing so).
You could use that $200 to buy a 120 GB SSD which would make the computer more responsive + faster boot times. Sound cards aren't that necessary unless you want the absolute top-end gaming experience.