I'm looking for the best "bang for the buck" on my new gaming PC. I have a maximum budget of $1400 to spend (after rebates, discounts, etc.) I have already selected parts that I think are good but if you have any suggestions on where I can improve please let me know. This PC will be used for gaming (mostly BF4, Ghosts, Minecraft), movies, photo editing, and music listening with high quality headphones. I'm using a 1080p 24" Dell s2440l monitor and I don't need a keyboard/mouse etc. I will need an OS so some input on whether I should get Win 7 or Win 8 would be appreciated. Thank you for you help.
The build looks good. I'm not crazy about MSI motherboards and I would shoot for a little faster RAM, but those are just personal preference. I also suggest going with Windows 8.1. It's better optimized for the current hardware and is a solid OS once you get over the learning curve.
Change mobo to asrock fatal1ty z87 killer/asrock extreme 4 or another gigabyte mobo,
Change case to nzxt phantom ($74)
This one can change:
Option 1: Get an i7 and an r9 280x.
Option 2: Get an i7 and gx 780 (if you have the money).
Option 3: get an i7 and change to a gtx 770(SLI in the future of replace in a years or so).
If you want to save some more $$, switch the ssd to a Kingston ssdnow v300 120gb, saves you $20.
You can cut down about $30 on the optical drive, you don't need a bluray drive to run games. But if you think you NEED it VERY much, then keep it.
This one isn't necessary but if you have left over money:
Change ram of crucial ballistix 1866mhz 16gb
I prefer 12+ gb ram cuz games like watch dogs reccomend more than 8gb ram to set it to ultra settings.