Hey Guys, I am helping my friend buy a new gaming PC and his absolute limit is $1400. My goal is to be able to run Battlefield 3 and some recent games on extreme settings at 1080p with a decent frame rate (around 60fps would be fine)
My current list of parts is around $1440 but there is another $100 build fee. I'm just wondering if I can trim down any parts?
Generally pretty good. The only thing that SHOULD be changed is RAM. You don't need 16GB of RAM, for gaming and general purposes. The only sort of stuff that needs anything like that is fairly high-end photo/video editing. If you really want 16GB, you should use 2x8GB, not 4x4, of low profile RAM.
The Gigabyte HD7950 is probably worth a little extra, over the Powercolor, although you may need to get elsewhere.
The 212Evo is generally regarded as best value budget cooler. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks