This is my first time building, but I have a rough idea what I want. The build is below and I had a few questions.
1. The case - I can't decide between Bitfenix Shinobi, Shinobi XL or fractal r4 or fractal XL. So really I don't know how much space I'll need and what the advantages of fractal is over shinobi.
2. I'm thinking of getting the MSI Z87 GD65 but I see alot of people with ASUS Rock MOBOs. What's the deal with that?
3. Should I buy the, RAM, GTX 770 and MOBO from America?
4. Should I get a blu-ray for games? Will PC games be on blu-ray soon?
Case: Go for the CM Storm Stryker, lots of headroom and only $10 more expensive (On Newegg)
Video Card: Try going for one of Asus's or EVGA's GTX770, more reliable, probably has better cooling, never heard of Gainward before lol
Mobo: Get MSI Z87-GD65 on Newegg, its cheaper, ($189)
HDD: Get that same one on Newegg ($159)
For GPU I would agree go with Asus EVGA or Gigabyte if you can. I have a SLI Gigabyte GTX 670 and have been very happy with these cards. Would never use Gigabyte for motherboards again but so far there GPU I have been very happy with.
As for the case I can tell you what I have been using lately and have been very very happy with. I have been using the In Win GRone White case for my last few builds and they are very nice. In Win is not as well known as some of the other manufactures but they do make some nice cases in my opinion. But then again I only build with Full Tower cases always.
Monitor I have 3 Asus 27" monitors with all three of my rigs so 9 27" monitors in total. I have been very happy with them all three of my rigs are setup on a Eyefinity/Surround and it is just great running 27" monitors that way. They run about $300 on Newegg.