Approximate Purchase Date: This week, hopefully Black Friday/Cyber Monday
Budget Range: $800-$1000
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Parts Preferences: Intel, Nvidia
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
First time builder here, looking for some advice. I don't really have much hardware experience, but hope to be able to accomplish my first build with online guides/videos.
I came up with a list of parts on newegg.com, let me know what you think and would change. As I said, I'm a complete newb at this, so let me know if I made a rookie mistake like picking incompatible parts. Also, is there anything else not listed that I need? Thanks for all the help.
Adjusted a few things, due to feedback and some parts being sold out. Trying to finalize my order today. Please let me know if there are any compatibility issues with the list below, or any final changes I should make.
1. RAM: Drop the RAM down to 8GB. Gaming barely needs 4. You won't see any performance gain from 16. The kit in my link will do great. It's also faster than the one in your link.
2. HSF: You need aftermarket HSF only for OC'ing. Since you don't intend to do that, drop it. The stock Intel HSF should be plenty good even for minor overclocks. Don't even bother with the aftermarket one.
4. GPU: Your budget can easily fit at least a GTX 560ti. You'll see better performance and better longevity from that especially at 1920X1080 - $230 (After rebate) EVGA AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti - with lifetime warranty.
5. PSU: Since you're not going with the GTX 570, it makes no sense to go with an overkill $75 620 watt PSU for the 560ti. This $55 Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W will do just fine.
Total: $810+Shipping (After Rebates). Well within the lower end of your stated budget, yet much faster. I had listed the GTX 570, because that would have cost you $120 more and it would have still been well within the 1000 dollar budget cap (~$930).
PS: If you're sure you really don't want to overclock, you can decrease your expenditure even further without taking any performance hit whatsoever.