My last build was last year when Sandy Bridge was still all the hype. I'm trying to put something together for a friend and it's going to be a gaming rig. His birthday's at the end of Jan but I'm planning out the build now so I can get all the parts in time! I'm out of touch with the latest hardware and I've been educating myself for the last few weeks, but any help would be greatly appreciated!
Approx purchase date : Dec 15-Jan 20
Cost : $1000 +/- $200
Purpose : Gaming/heavy media usage, surfing
Monitor not needed
Hard Disks not needed (I already have both a regular HDD and SSD). OS will boot from the SSD
I'd think I would scrap everything so far. On the gaming rig you don't need the 3770K - games won't make use of the extra threads and by the time they will a newer and better CPU will come along. Better to put that money in the GPU. That cooler is decent - better would be to get a Noctua NH-U9B. For RAM make sure you get something low profile.