Helping a friend with a new rig as his is rather out of date. This was just a cursory browse this afternoon any advice you can give before ordering it?
Games / Settings Desired: New games close to max specs. Project Shield looks interesting so 6 Series GPU needed.
Any other intensive software or special things you do: Fraps / Video capture. No interest in overclocking.
build I've put together all from amazon just for convenience:
If he isn't going to overclock ever then there is really no need for the K verities. Not entirely sure about the CPU cooler but I think the stock cooler should work just fine. Upgrade to a minimum of Win 7. Vista is crap in my book. Currently using an old laptop (since all the pieces of my new computer haven't made it in yet) that had vista on it but switched to Win xp.
Is there any real point to the BD drive? Optical media is dying out, so you'll probably never really see software or games on blurays. The movies take software capable of working with the ever-evolving DRM they use, so he'll most likely have to pay for software to do that.
With that board it's extremely easy to take an unlocked i5 or i7 to 4.2 Ghz just by changing one setting, so that's something he should really consider. A modest overclock like that can add a good year or two before needing to consider a new CPU. $10 is a small price to pay for that added longevity, even if he doesn't plan on trying it immediately.
He isn't interested in overclocking, so I'd lose the H80 cooler, buy the i7 3770, drop the motherboard to a decent H77 or even a B75 board and buy yourself a DVD/BD optical drive. Dabs are also doing a mean deal on 16GB of Corsair Vengeance RAM. £55 at the time of writing. If you only purchase this item however there is a shipping charge of £4.
Also partpicker fails to include the shipping cost from Aria, unless there is some way to get free shipping from Aria if you sign up to their forums? But shipping costs is an extra £6-£7 ontop (which makes the CPU a little more expensive than stated)
All in all though, for around £1040 if you purchase mainly from Dabs/Ebuyer and maybe sacrifice the NZXT case for a Fractal R3 case from Ebuyer (a brilliant case), you could grab a system that will include a i7 3770, a GTX 670, 16GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD, Win7 OS, an Antec 450 ea platinum and DVD drive to boot.