Looking to build a gaming setup, but since this is my first build (and first gaming desktop), I am hoping to figure out whether the system I have put together is optimizing cost and quality. I am trying to keep parts (excluding monitor, keyboard, and OS) around $1000. Any helpful suggestions, comments, or criticisms would be appreciated. Current components:
Thank you for the feedback! I will definitely start looking into the parts both of you mentioned.
G-unit1111, is there an advantage to EVGA over PNY? I went with the PNY because they have a lifetime warranty on their cards, which seems like a good deal. Since I wasn't planning on SLI, I don't know if the better case/power unit are needed. The better RAM is a great idea, I will put that into the build for sure.
IRONBATMAN: I know the R9 280X series stacks up well against the GTX 770 series, but I wasn't sure about the 280. Would it be worthwhile to go for the 280X to get a bit more "oomph"? That keyboard also looks solid, the one I had was pulled out of a random list.
I suggest. Go for either 290 or gtx 780. As you are building gaming rig i would suggest to spend as much as possible on gpu. I have same budget as of yours (Although. Mine includes monitor). I have decided to go with sapphire 290 trixx oc.
For me overclocking was not a feasible solution ( ambient temp is much warmer) so i went with i5 4440 with b85 motherboard.
Besides i have heard that you can make 290 into a 290x by flashing 290x firmware on it.