These are the questions I need answered by my new best friends at Tom's Hardware
1) Did I match all the parts correctly above, so far?
2) My goal is to play games like Diablo 3 and Star Wars: The Old Republic on high to medium settings without graphical stuttering. What kind of video card should I get, and where should I get it from? The Radeon HD 7850 looks nice, but I have no idea.
3) Since the goal is to play those two games on high/medium smoothly, is there anywhere I can trim the fat without bottlenecking hard? I'd like to keep the final price at or below $700.
Everything else is positively spiffy. Quite lovely.
1: Yes sir, you definitely did. Excellent build.
2: 7850 would be great! If you're not opposed to buying used there's 6970's selling all over the place for around $250, which is a bargain. If you don't like used the 7850 will perform admirably.
3. The suggestions above (asides from the motherboard) will bring the cost down nominally. Here's a case that's a bit cheaper but still quite high quality: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... White or black!