I was previously looking at prebuilt but ran the numbers and I think I can get a way better system if I build myself. This would be my first time ever attempting it so I would like advice. It's basically solely a gaming computer first, and everything else computer 2nd. Also am I missing any parts? I had to buy windows 7 (full install) for a previous computer so I already have the operating system. Keyboard and mouse I can get at wal-mart and I'll use my old monitor.
Power Supply: Is this overkill? Can I get away with less? Also will this fit in a mid tower or would I need a full tower? I think the wattage for crossfire 7950's is 448 alone. Processor is low though at 77w. I could not find wattage for any of the other devices. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
1) A 3570K will game just as well as a 3770K and be $100 cheaper. Few games use more than 2 or 3 cores, so the extra hyperthreads will go largely unused.
2) Build without planning on cf/sli. Your initial costs will be less. A GTX670 or 7970 will be plenty for a single monitor.
If you should need more in the future, there is the GTX690, and higher end cards are due out by the end of the year.
3) 8gb is plenty for just gaming; no game can use more than 2-3gb.
4) Antec 300 illusion is fine. 2000 reviewers can't be far wrong.
5) I would buy an aftermarket cpu cooler. It need not be expensive; a $30 cm hyper212 will keep your cpu cooler and run quieter than the stock intel cooler. The backplate mount is easier for the novice to install too.
6) A 700w psu is fine. Stick with quality. Corsair, Seasonic, XFX, Antec, and PC P&C.
7) Love the ssd choice. You can always add a hard drive later if you need to.
8) if you have any budget left, spend it on a great monitor. It is one of the few "future proof" components you can purchase. Keep your old monitor for added real estate. I keep e-mail and monitors active while gaming.
9) Take the time to download and read, cover to cover, the case and motherboard manuals. Much will be learned.