I'm building a gaming rig that should be able to handle most games in the high settings at 1920x1080 and is somewhat future-proof. Here's my setup as of now:
CPU: i5-3450 - $200
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 - $115
Video Card: ASUS Radeon HD 7850 2GB - $260
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $60
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM - $90
Optical Drive: LG DVD Burner - $17
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) - $54
As you can see, I haven't selected a power supply yet. Any suggestions? Also, is everything compatible? Will it be cool enough with the default case fans? Should the CPU's stock heatsink and fan be okay? Is there anywhere that I can save some money? I'd like to keep the price under $850. Any help is appreciated.
Thanks for the input. I'll use the power supplies you suggested as models when I do some searching (I'd prefer a modular PSU). So no compatibility issues with any of the components? And the setup isn't putting too much emphasis or not enough on any one part?
You set a budget; stick with it. Your parts are ok together. Modular is also overated, and with some cases, the connectors barely reach. It doesn't take that long to tuck the extra wires into the leftover space in the drive area.
I'll go with the Rosewill PSU you suggested then. Thanks for all the help. Just one last question: if I were to knock off say $50 to $100, where do you suggest I take it from? Should I drop my video card to the GTX 560, try a different CPU, or take away from some other component?
You could go with the 6870 or 6850 if you don't need the max frame rates, but again, I'm not a gamer, so more advice may be worth waiting for. I check newegg reviews for sound ratings on the power supply and video card; those gpu fans can be the loudest item in your case. You could go with the 2120, but I would stick to the 3450 if possible. Don't buy a cheap brand ps; here are some good brands: corsair, antec, some ocz (I use one) enermax, and seasonic. Rosewill is newegg's in house brand, but some models work fine.
I wouldn't take away from the video card for a gamer, the video card is the most critical component for gaming. the 7850 is a really good choice. If you have to crunch a budget, here are a couple great video card deals I found: