Hello everyone, I have been asked by a friend to put together a new computer that will be replacing an aging pre-built (AMD dual-core processor, 3GB DDR2 RAM, a 512 MB 128-bit Visiontek Radeon 3650 that's on it's last leg, and 32-bit Vista) and want to stick with a good balance of price and performance. The most demanding tasks in this computer's immediate future will be playing EVE Online, Left 4 Dead 2, and League of Legends at a resolution of 1366x768, with the hope of upgrading to a dedicated graphics card and a new 1920x1080 monitor down the line before Alien Isolation is released. I do prefer Intel over AMD for the processor and with the exception of the operating system I would like to get all of the parts from either Micro Center or Newegg in the next week or so. My main concerns are any compatibility issues that I may be unaware of and if the integrated Intel graphics will suffice for his needs until we upgrade to a dedicated graphics card. Also, there are no plans to overclock this build.
Here is my suggestion. I went with a Gigabyte motherboard instead of MSI. I've just had better luck with Gigabyte boards, so that's my personal preference. I went with faster 2133MHz speed RAM for the same price, a cheaper HDD, cheaper case, higher quality PSU, and Windows 8.1. I also didn't limit the retailers to Newegg and MicroCenter. I just stuck with the cheapest retail sites.
You don't necessarily need a 4670K for 720P resolutions, you can actually save money on the CPU and then invest in other hardware like upgrading your monitor later on to 1080P. And I would definitely not purchase a Corsair CX - there's way better PSUs you can get. Maybe try something like this: