I've been a PC gamer and enthusiast for six years. I have owned a few computers, and I currently use an ASUS G1S gaming laptop but it doesn't run DX10/DX11 games. I am building a gaming PC, and I would like a rig that can run DX10 and DX11 games maxed out with great performance.
Below I have listed the parts I am currently looking for. My questions regarding the parts are:
1. Will this setup work well together, or are there any possible hardware compatibility problems?
2. Are there any pieces here that are not recommended for PC gaming, or anything different I should look into buying?
3. Will a setup like this run DX11 games maxed, such as Battlefield Bad Company 2 with a high frame rate?
4. I have no idea what power supply to get with this video card.. I prefer something modular so there aren't a ton of wires hanging around.
First thing to get rid of is that VelociCRAPTOR. The VRs are three times more expensive than the better performing 500 GB platter drives (Samsung Spinpoint F3 and Seagate 7200.12). If you need a boot drive, spend the money for an SSD. You have the budget for it.
Second thing is to drop the sound card. Onboard sound is good nowdays. If you're a huge audiophile, just go with onboard for a while and see if you can tell a diffence. If you can, stick in the sound card later.
Third thing to change is the CPU cooler. That's not a very good one. Grab either the Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus ($35) or Prolimatech Megahalems ($65 and two fans).
Total: $2,413. Well under budget, but this is quite literally the best you can buy without buying excess parts (more RAM, Crossfire, etc.). Leaves plenty of room for a good monitor if you don't have one.