I am building my first PC and plan to use it for gaming and school. I have a budget of around $1100, but am willing to pay a little more and will of course pay less. I plan to play A variety of games, mostly FPS such as COD and Battlefield. Will also definitely play some skyrim and minecraft. This is the setup I have. Please add any suggestions and/or constructive criticism.
CPU: intel i5 2500k Quad core 3.3 ghz 6 mb cache
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX 750
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 SUPERCLOCKED 2048MB GDDR5
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache
Network Adapter: TP-Link 150Mbps High Gain Wireless USB Adapter
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Blue 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600 MHz
Motherboard: MSI Computer Corporation LGA 1155 Intel B75 SATA 6 Gb/s USB 3.0 1 PCI-E x16 3.0 ATX Motherboard
Monitor: Asus 22-Inch-Class (21.5") LED Monitor
Optical Drive: Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive
OS: Windows 8 system builder DVD 64 bit
Case: Not sure. Do I need a mid or full ATX case for this setup?
It is a downgrade. However, there is no reason to buy a 2500k over a 3570k. Right now, often times, the Ivy Bridge is less expensive too! You'll definitely want to get a z77 motherboard, probably around the 150 dollar mark. Look for a modular power supply, around 600w from a trusted manufacturer. A 22in. monitor like was said earlier should be baseline. 23in. or preferably 24in. is probably more in line with that budget. I usually pick out all my parts on new egg, but then visit pc partspicker .com and get the lowest prices among several online retailers.
Another thing, upgrade from the 1600mhz ram to 2133mhz. The price difference is rather negligible, as are the performance gains...but just for a few dollars more...why not?
I did state my budget of $1,100 in the OP, but its okay everyone misses something once in a while. The 21.5 monitor is plenty for me as I am used to a 16 inch laptop screen. How much of a performance difference is there between the 3570k over the 2500k? I will get the 650 watt version of the same PSU as in the OP. And what is the difference between the motherboard I picked and a z77 one? Sorry, this is my first build. I have also chosen the Cooler Master HAF 912 as my case and have added a 64gb SSD Asa boot drive and a few favorite games. Thanks a lot for the feedback.
Off the top of my head, I couldn't list the differences between the two chipsets. Z77 is pretty much the standard atm though. There is a performance difference between the 2500k and 3570k. However, one thing to consider is are you going to overclock? If not, then don't spend the money for a "k" processor. If you are going to overclock, don't forget to budget for a decent cpu cooler.
Please remember that the low price on the cpu is only valid for in-store pickup. If that works for you, I'm jealous, but otherwise the lowest price is 219.99. I'm a big fan of the gigabyte ud3h-z77 board. Currently 140 or so on newegg. It's gotten some really good reviews and would work really well with 1600mgz ram. I've personally been looking at an Asus board just to take advantage of 2133mhz ram though.
After reading some of the suggestions, I have a few questions. How much hard drive storage do you think you'll need? Are you brand biased towards Ati or nVidia for a video card? You've stated a definite preference for the Coolermaster Haf 912 case, and that's a solid pick, is there anything else that you are deadlocked in on?