I will be building my first "from scratch" PC in a couple weeks. So far, my budget is around $1k and I have made decisions on CPU, GPU, and motherboard. However, I have virtually no idea what other components I should use in my build. I plan on using the PC for gaming and would like to overclock the system for max performance. Listed below are the components I have in mind and the question marks are those that I need advice on.
Thanks for the help!
CPU: i5 3570K
Motherboard: AS Rock Z77 Extreme 4 (Tom's Hardware Approved Award)
GPU: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 Ghz Edition 2GB
Cooling: ? (looking for liquid cooling)
Case: ? (I'm assuming mid tower with lots of fan slots?)
SSD: ? (looking for 120GB from a reliable manufacturer)
HDD: ? (anything cheap @ 7200RPM with about 500GB)
PSU: ? (I was told I need to look for 80+ bronze?)
Memory: ? (I know I want 8GB @ at least 1600mhz, but what brand?)
You should note that price, for processor, is a walk-in deal, at Microcentre. If you don't have access to MC, the next best deal, would be through Newegg, where they have combo with the cooler. It would cost about $30 more, overall, than the Microcentre deal.