I'm looking to build my first gaming PC. Trying to make it the best I can in no more than $850 bucks. If I can go cheaper, I'll do it, but 850 is my max. I think I have everything squared away, but I just wanted to get some fresh eyes on my build to see if it's the best I can build in my budget.
My main goal is to play Battlefield 3 in 1920 x 1080 the cheapest way possible. If it can handle BF3, it should be able to handle mostly everything I throw at it.
Basically what I want to know is
1. Should I downgrade from a 2500k to a phenom x4 965 and save costs? (I do the occasional video/audio encoding. Not a deal breaker)
2. Will my GPU play Battlefield 3 in 1920 x 1080?
3. Does a 530W PSU give me sufficient headroom. (I might do some mild overclocking, and possibly a Crossfire setup in a year or so.)
4. Can I achieve my goals in a cheaper manner?