please help finalize new build

I'm finally building a new system after using this for 5 years:

mb: MSI P7N SLI Platinum LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
cpu: xeon 3110 @ 3.0 Ghz
psu: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible
ram: Corsair XMS2-6400 CM2X2048-6400C4DHX 4GB (2x2GB) PC2-6400 DDR2 800MHz RAM Memory
GPU: AMD Radeon HD 6950 2GB GPU
HDD: a 40GB SSD, a 120GB SSD, and a 250GB sata HD

I'm "recycling" the GPU and the SSDs.

So far I have this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.98 @ Outlet PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($148.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Tactical 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.98 @ Outlet PC)
Case: Antec GX700 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $845.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-04 14:01 EDT-0400)

My budget is $1000 or less, and my main goal is to play Battlefield 4.

So, my questions:
1. can you recommend a better build?
2. what would be a better case?
3. what about a liquid cooler for CPU?

Thanks for your time.
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  1. I would go with theis Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157369 It is a good one and you will save a little ( $5 ). I did not see a Graphics card listed and BF4 may or may not be playable in the integrated graphics ( HD 4000 ). I would go with this memory as you don't need 16 Gb. 8 Gb is plenty : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231416 That will save you $65. That is a total of $70 in savings giving you $224.12 to get a Video card. This one will do fine and still leave some breathing room as far as budget goes: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130831
  2. coastie65 said:
    I would go with theis Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157369 It is a good one and you will save a little ( $5 ). I did not see a Graphics card listed and BF4 may or may not be playable in the integrated graphics ( HD 4000 ). I would go with this memory as you don't need 16 Gb. 8 Gb is plenty : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231416 That will save you $65. That is a total of $70 in savings giving you $224.12 to get a Video card. This one will do fine and still leave some breathing room as far as budget goes: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130831


    I'm using the GPU from my old system (AMD Radeon HD 6950 2GB), so i don't need to buy a new one.
    I am, however, worried that the mo-bo you recommended won't utilize my GPU to the fullest due to the lack of a "PCI Express 2.0 x16" slot. Please correct me if that makes no difference.
  3. No, it has PCIe 3.0 and is compatible. It will definitely NOT bottleneck your graphics card.
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