I'm building a PC, and I think I've picked out all the parts I want. I'd just like some advice on whether or not my build is good enough, if it's overkill, if anything's incompatible, etc. Basically any feedback is awesome and I'm very open to suggestions.
I'm primarily interested in more-than-decent gaming abilities, surfing the internet, and watching movies.
My price range is definitely less than $1500, and right now I'm hovering around the $1200 area, which I'm happy with.
You simply have to go Intel over AMD now, especially because your budget is more than enough to accommodate it. Ditch the FX Processor and the motherboard, and go for an i5-3570k and a Z77 motherboard of your choice (Generally the ASRock Extreme 4, unless you need the extra features of a more expensive mobo). http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Today, no AMD cpu chip can match a similarly priced intel sandy or ivy bridge chip.
Even the G630 at half the price is superior.
Read this: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-a...
Today, the 3570K is as good as it gets for gaming. If the $215 is more than your budget for a cpu, look at the $125 i3-2120 or the $190 -5-2400.
Any Z77 based motherboard should do the job for you. No need for an expensive enthusiast motherboard.
Regerdless, I would add a $30 aftermarket cpu cooler like the xm hyper212. The larger 120mm fan will keep your cpu cooler and quieter. The backplate mount is easier for the novice to install properly than the default intel pushpin mount cooler.
At his budget, consider starting with a ssd of 120gb or more. That is large enough to hold the os and half a dozen games.
If you need more, like for storing large video files, then add a hard drive for expansion.
Look at Intel 330, 520, or samsung 830 for reliability. SSD prices are getting competitive.
I suggest you download now, and read, cover to cover, the motherboard and case manuals.