This is what I have come up with so far for a gaming rig around $1200. Please let me know if there's any potential issues with what I've chosen, or if you have any suggestions as to what I could do better for a similar price. Any help is much appreciated as I am new to all of this
The stock cooler will perform fine.
Under load, the small fan may spin up and become noisy.
If noise is an issue, a cm hyper 212 or Xigmatek tower cooler for $30 will be better.
Consider deferring on the hard drive and use a 240gb ssd instead. It will hold a good number of games. It is easy to add a hard drive later if you will be storing large files such as videos.
Do you need a DVD drive?
Thanks for the advice. I'll take it into consideration, but I've got a 500GB HDD in my current PC and it's pretty full, so I'd like to have lots of storage. As for the DVD drive, yea I probably should just throw one in. Was thinking of going without, but they're cheap.