I'm looking to build for the first time, and an looking to construct a machine simply for gaming, Web browsing, and media applications. I don't edit or create anything... I'm primarily only seeking to destroy (demons in Diablo III) with this technological terror. I'm not looking for the most incredible cell-shaded experience in history, but I want to be able to crank the graphics up a bit on games like D-III, SWTOR, SCII, Civ-V and WoW. I only use 1 monitor.
For my first go-around, I don't desire to go the "oc" route. Here's what I have so far: (I placed the anticipated price next to each component)
I'm looking to keep the total build under $1,000, but I'm not tied to that.
Intel Core i5 (locked) ($210)
ASRock H77/Pro4 board ($100)
2x 4gig 1600 DDR RAM ($50)
Radeon HD 7850 GPU ($250)
60gig SSD boot drive ($75)/500gig storage HDD (reusing an 18-month old drive)
Corsair 650w modular PSU ($90)
Blu-Ray burner ($75)
I have no idea what kind of case to use... (under $150)
So, here are my questions:
Since I'm not overclocking, can I get away with a relatively simple board?
It seems to me that most parts are compatible these days - do you see any issues here that I'm missing?
Do you see any potential bottlenecking issues?
I'm looking for an aesthetically pleasing case... simple, dark, with maybe subtle LED lighting. Any suggestions for a good air cool case?
Caveat to the last question: can I get away with air cooling?
Any other suggestions or help you can offer would be very valuable to me...
To answer your question, yes, any 1155 socket motherboard will do.
I suggest you look at the 2500K.
You do not have to overclock, but it costs so little to preserve the option to go from the stock 3.3 to 4.0 and higher conservatively.
If you are near a microcenter, you can buy a 2500K for $170.
Pair it with any Z77 motherboard and you will preserve your oc option.
Without links to specific products, it still looks good.