Building a gaming system to play a little of everything. I'm mostly playing WoW on all low settings and want to crank it up, will be playing Skyrim and other FPS game, Civ, SC2 etc. I'm trying to keep it to around $1100 with a monitor just seeing what you guys think.
That case and power supply are pretty bad, everything else seems good. You can't really get a good power supply for less than 40-50 dollars. The key with psus is to make sure you have an "active PFC" which significantly improves efficiency and the lifespan of your components.
1. $230 is a great price for a 3770K from microcenter.
But you can get a 3570K for $190 which will perform exactly the same for games.
Games rarely use more than 2-3 cores, so the extra hyperthreads of the 3770K are largely unused.
3. With your budget, buy a SSD. 120gb will hold the os and a handful of games. With 180gb or 240gb, you may never need a hard drive at all.. Perhaps defer the hard drive until you need more room. Intel or Samsung would be my preferred brands.
4. You are buying a "K" so you can overclock a bit. Buy a $30 tower type cooler like the cm hyper212 or Xigmatek.
You will run quieter and cooler. The backplate mount will be easier to install than the Intel pushpin type.
5. Just my opinion; I did not much like windows 8 compared to 7. Go to a store and try it out. I have seen too many negative comments about it.