I'm new to system building and PC gaming has been looking better and better as we learn more about next gen consoles. I've been researching PC gaming and building for almost a year and I feel I have a fair grasp on how the whole process works, but I would greatly appreciate help in building a solid gaming system that will last me several years. I apologize in advance for the length of this post and the array of questions, but I want to make sure I cover everything. I plan on using my 32 in. 720p tv for gaming. It would be awesome to max out settings at 720p, but I'd like the system to handle mid to high settings at 1080p in anticipation of a monitor upgrade to 1080p. As for frame rates, if I could do 60 fps while recording with fraps on most games that would be fantastic. My budget ceiling is sitting at $700 right now. It depends on the price of the CPU.
A case, keyboard, monitor(the tv mentioned above), mouse, hard drive, OS
CPU, mobo, RAM, Graphics Card, Power Supply
These are the parts I have found:
Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 750W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I've read all over that SeaSonic is makes some of the best, most reliable PSU's out there and this one seems solid. I know it may be overkill for the system I have in mind, but I'd like it to last a for years to come and have the option for things like extra hard drives, overclocking, and SLI in future builds/upgrades
CPU: Haswell i3 or non-overclockable i5
This is the major place I need help with. This PC will replace my 360 for gaming. I play Skyrim, BF3, CoD, NFS, Minecraft, TF2, Counter Strike, basically I'm all across the board with gaming. If a Haswell i3 will be enough to last a few years with my prereqs I'll be more than happy. I'm not too interested in overclocking (something for a later build with a better budget) so if you think I should look at an i5 I'll need help choosing the best one of the non-overclockers.
Graphics Card: MSI N760 TF 2GD5/OC GTX 760 2GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
No matter where I looked, time and time again everyone says the graphics card is where you should put most of your budget into. From the reviews I read, this card performs very well and it comes in at a solid price and it looks pretty damn cool.
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB (2x4GB) 1333 MHz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM prices are friggin ridiculous these days compared to when I first started shopping around. This brand seems to be liked by a lot of people, good reviews and good CAS timings. 8GB is the butter zone for gaming rigs it seems. I chose 1333 MHz because I read it performs just as good as faster RAM. I've read that you'll only notice the difference in benchmarks and that for gaming 1333 is plenty fast as long as you're not using an APU. Please correct me if I'm wrong. If I can find this RAM clocked for 1600 MHz for close to the same price as this, I'll buy that instead.
So how do my choices look? I considered AMD FX, but their mATX options seem dated, I wanted one with a 970 chipset, but that ain't happening from the looks of things. I'm quite happy with the parts I've picked out, but I'm open to suggestions, criticisms, etc. I came to this page to learn and any and all feedback is very much appreciated!