So I've decided that I'd like to start saving up for a good PC. I've read quite a few threads and done some research, but I'm still pretty new to building my own PC. My goals are to play current gen games like BF3, Planetside 2, WoW, SC2, Bioshock Infinite, and CoD at near max settings, max if possible and to play the next gen titles like BF4 and The Witcher 3 at near max also.
Budget $1000 to ~$1500
Case Corsair Obsidian Series 550D. - $120 Open to suggestions here. I also like the NZXT Phantom. Has to be black.
Processor Intel Core i5 4670k - $240
Processor Cooling Corsair H60 - $50
Motherboard MSI Z87 G45 - $150
Power Supply OCZ 550W Fatal1ty - $66
Memory 2x4 GB G.Skill Ripjaws X - $65
Graphics 2 GB MSI NVIDIA Geforce GTX 770 - $400
Hard Drive 3 TB WD Green 5.4k RPM - $120 Not really sure what I'd need here. I reckon I could probably go down to 1 TB. I'm new to PC gaming so idk how much space games take up.
SSD 128 GB Samsung 830 - $135
Monitor I currently have an older 22" Viewsonic 1080p monitor, but I'd like to upgrade and go with a dual monitor setup.
I currently have a pair of Turtle Beach X42's that I use as a headset, so I'm good there. I've also got an alright keyboard and mouse setup, but I'll upgrade those in the future according to my own preference.
Total $1346 so far.
Additional input on optical drives (I want a blu-ray ), soundcards and all that jazz would be appreciated because I have no idea about that stuff haha. I'm looking to spend more towards the higher end of my budget, but anywhere that I can save some money would be greatly appreciated.
Also, I can get a rig on iBuypower with basically all of this plus the optical drive and stuff for ~$1500. Does anyone have any experience with them or have any insight on where I should buy? I'm well aware of pcpartpicker, but after finding all of the parts from the iBuypower rig it was like $100 more.
Any bit of advice (good and bad) will be greatly appreciated!