Hi guys, I am building a computer for the first time, coming from a slew of total pieces. I have wanted to get into the PC gaming scene for a while, having really only ever experienced console gaming. I don't know much about hardware, but from the few hours I've investigated, I've come up with a potential system.
My main interests are gaming and other light uses, no video editing or anything of that sort. I would like to get as high of frame rates as possible, if that includes overclocking or whatever, I would hope that it would be an easy process. I want a system that will be able to give the best longevity, and if it needs to be upgraded, need not have parts be swapped out, instead have parts added.
This is what I am looking at so far:
Case:Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl w/ USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Silent PC Computer Case
(Looks quiet, and apparently it has enough room for everything? I don't want one of those gaudy--my opinion--boxes that some people get)
MB:MSI Z77A-G45 Gaming LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
(It's not one of those really expensive ones, but I can't seem to see any difference between the various boards other than numbers of ports, which this one would be perfect I believe, allowing a possible future upgrade of 2 GPUs)
GPU:Asus GTX660 TI-DC2OC-3GD5 GeForce GTX 660 Ti Graphic Card - 1006 MHz Core - 3 GB GDDR5 SDRAM - PCI Express 3.0
(I'm thinking the 3Gb may come in handy in a few years)
CPU:Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
(Seems to be the consensus, not sure if the i7 is really worth another $100)
Memory: Team Xtreem LV 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) Desktop Memory Model TXD38G2400HC10QDC01
(Is there any advantage to getting the 2400 memory, it will be a little faster, but does that matter? Also, 8GB is probably enough for now, but would it be better if I just go 16 right away, so I can have 2x8GB, so it is faster than 4x4GB?)
Power Source: Fractal Design Integra R2 750W ATX12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Power Supply
(Leaving myself enough wattage to possible get a second GPU later)
HDD: Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Monitor: ASUS VG248QE Black 24" 144Hz 1ms (GTG) HDMI Widescreen LED Backlight LCD 3D Monitor
(I like the idea of having more than 60Hz, hopefully having more than 60fps in games)
This build with everything included, including shipping and the expensive monitor is ~$1350.
I can get my hands on Windows for cheap
I definitely recommend the Fractal R4, it's a pretty solid case. However, things might get a little tight with 2 Graphics cards. I don't know how long the 660 TI is, but it was a pain to install my 770 into the PCie slot. I do not recommend 2400mhz Memory, it's too expensive and from what I have seen it only makes a very small difference in benchmarks, coupled with the fact that you have a good GPU you won't really see a difference between 2400 and 1600. Everything else looks in order, you might want to check out the i5-4670k at newegg if they're still offering the combo with that and a motherboard, it'll be cheaper than the sandy bridge and you'll see better performance.
For the monitor, just go with a 60hz or if you want better, 120hz is enough. You won't achieve 144hz with the GPU listed or even with the 760 in most games. BTW, 3D monitor is just an ad gimmick, does not really enhance gameplay beside the 1ms gtg and 144hz.
1600 RAM is enough, 1866 is good but the difference is so small you won't even notice it. As you stated earlier, purely gaming, you won't need 16gb even in the near future. Don't waste your money.
Finally, you i5 and i7 won't make a difference in gaming.