This is my first time building from scratch, and I’d like to ask the community’s advice. I don’t know whether all the parts I’ve compiled are compatible or not or whether they can handle graphics-intensive games at high settings, and would appreciate any advice you’d care to offer.
Approximate Purchase Date: Week of 1/15-1/22
Budget Range: $1200-$1300 after rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Internet usage, watching movies
Parts Not Required: Speakers, Keyboard, Mouse
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com is preferable due to previous good experience, but any website is fine
Parts Preferences: None
Overclocking: Maybe – never done before but might in the future
SLI or Crossfire: Probably not, but if necessary I could
Monitor Resolution: I don’t have a monitor yet but am looking at 1920x1080
Additional Comments: I am looking to build a PC that can play games like BF3 and Crysis 2 without being crippled by the graphics settings being turned on Medium-High.
I have compiled a list of possible parts, but I am unsure whether they are all compatible:
Looks good except for the RAM, 12 Gb is way overkill, 8 Gb is more than enough. Also for the Heatsink i recommend the Hyper 212 plus. I also noticed that your HDD comes with a DVD drive already, so no need to buy another one.