Hi, I'm finally going to build my first gaming PC and would like to pay around 1000$ to 1500$ for it(staying as close to the 1000$ if possible!). I would like to play games such as BF3, farcry, etc.. And be able to play them in max settings, or at least close to max, with no lagg and a great FPS.
I don't know much about computer parts but I've look around and this seems to be an alright setup. Please tell me if I should upgrade or downgrade something. All these parts are compatible with each other? I also find the 400$ graphic card to be a bit expensive, anyone knows something a bit cheaper that would do the job with big games? This is what I found:
Going low-ball on cpu cooling is never a good idea if you plan on overclocking. the xigmatek dark knight II rivals very high end coolers like the noctua nh-d14 in performance for only $50. It will probably allow you to max your cpu's speed if you stick to moderate overvolting. Also keeps stock settings much cooler. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The ram is fine. I haven't been convinced about ssds yet compared to hard drives in raid0 but having a hard drive and an ssd can't hurt.
If you're going to spend over $100 on a power supply you should go with one of the new platinum rated power supplies. If you pay your power bills the more expensive ones become cheaper in the long run and the ones I've seen all have much better voltage regulation so your components will have better lifespans.
This is probably what you want. Rosewill Fortress-750, $120 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case is mostly personal design preference and I've never heard bad things about the phantom.