the case, wireless card are a must any other items can be changed to be cheaper or better, i thought the orange fan was a nice touch . please keep the price under 1650.00. I will be using this computer for World of Warcraft,Diablo 3, and several FPS games, i plan to stream or record them while im playing. any sugesstions are welcome. Thank you!
You could save a lot of money by cheaping out on parts you don't need, for instance, unless you do SERIOUS overclocking you will NEVER need that water cooler. If you have access to a PC elsewhere, you could save much money on windows 7 by visiting a bay..
I removed win7 because you can be a pirate, and I removed the water cooling since the stock cooler will keep it cool enough, and some people manage to OC to 4.2 ghz with stock cooler... anyways, I downgraded to 23' because the dell has a REALLY nice style on that screen, its got a screen which blocks sunlight, meaning no glare, and its viewing angle is great, and 23' is the best gaming screen, ever.
I also replaced the 670 with a 7950 because the 7950, which I have atm, runs BF3 at around 70-80 on ultra high settings.
Sure, if you didn't want to SLI or crossfire or anything like that, you could get a cheaper mobo, and I mean cheap, I have a 50$ one that I bought on a budget, the H61M DGS that works GREAT! The only back draw is 1 graphics card and only 2 ram slots, and no overclocking. But either way that's okay because I fit a 7950, i7, and 16GB of ram into it, no problemo. Other then that the build seams to be pretty friendly.
I was thinking about getting maybe a second graphics card later on as a upgrade, that is why i was considering a this mobo and i have heard its one of the best around. would it be better to get a complete new card, or just a second one when updating the graphics card?
Right now get the 7950, and if you can afford it, a 7970, I say this because right now you may not have 2 cards and you just drained your funds, but in a year when you have funds you have a really nice card sitting there ready to be SLI, thus reducing costs.
DD I have the 7950 DD atm and its AHHMAZING.. On another note... Atm I run BF3 on 60-80 fps, why not get the 7950 atm, and then buy another 7950 down the road? I say 7950 instead of 7970 because there isn't much point in getting anything over 60hz screen, and this runs BF3 over that rate.. so I would say you could save some money here.
You should consider the Asrock Z77 Extreme 4 or any similarly priced mobo. $200 really isn't necessary for a Z77 mobo - you're money could be better spent elsewhere or saved. I'd also recommend a 24" monitor over a 23" one. I've heard the difference is noticeable.