So I'm looking at building my own machine, not right now but eventually. I've been looking online and decided to toy around and see what I could be looking at as far as price goes. My first setup was about as high-end as I could possibly want and was about $8500. That was a bit steep for me so I re-started and this is what I came up with: (the + in brackets is number of $ it adds to price. Final price is with all extras listed) Professional Wiring for All WIRING Inside The System Chassis - Minimize Cable Exposure, Maximize Airflow in Your System [+19] CAS: Thermaltake Chaser MK-1 Full Tower Gaming Case W/ Side Panel Window [+79] CASUPGRADE: 12in Cold Cathode Neon Light [+10] CD: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive CD2: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive [+20] COOLANT: Standard Coolant CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-3820 Quad-Core 3.60 GHz 10MB Intel Smart Cache LGA2011 (All Venom OC Certified) CS_FAN: Maximum Enermax 120MM Case Cooling Fans for selected case (Maximum Silent Operation) [+29] (500-1,200 RPM T.B. Silence Black Color with Blue LED Twister Bearing 8-14 dBA [+0]) FA_HDD: Vigor iSURF II Hard Disk Drive Cooling System [+21] (2 x Systems [+27]) FAN: Asetek 510LC Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan (Enhanced Cooling Performance + Extreme Silent at 20dBA) (Dual Enermax Enlobal Silent High Performance 120MM Fans (Push-Pull) [+29]) FLASHMEDIA: All-in-One External USB 2.0 Card Reader/Writer (Black Color) [+11] HDD: 240GB Corsair Force GS Series SATA-III 6.0Gb/s SSD - 555MB/s Read & 525MB/s Write [+138] HDD2: 500GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD [+65] (Single Hard Drive) IEEE_CARD: IEEE 1394 CARD AND DRIVER [+19] IUSB: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports KEYBOARD1: AZZA Multimedia USB Gaming Keyboard [+5] MEMORY: 16GB (4GBx4) DDR3/1600MHz Quad Channel Memory (Patriot Viper III [+29]) MONITOR: * 24" Widescreen 1920x1080 ASUS VS247H-P LCD [+157] MOTHERBOARD: * (3-Way SLI/CrossFireX Support) GIGABYTE X79 G1 Assassin 2 Intel X79 Chipset Quad Channel DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ UEFI DualBIOS, Creative 20K2 HD Audio, Killer E2100 LAN, USB3.0, SATA-III RAID, 3 Gen3 PCIe X16, 2 PCIe X1 & 1 PCI [+159] MOUSE1: AZZA Optical 1600dpi Gaming Mouse with Weight Adjustable Cartridge [+4] NETWORK: Intel Pro Gigabit 10/100/1000 Network Card [+34] NOISEREDUCE1: Anti-Vibration Fan Mounts [+9] OS: Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium [+104] (64-bit Edition) OVERCLOCK: Pro OC (Performance Overclock 10% or more) [+19] POWERSUPPLY: 1,200 Watts - Cooler Master Silent Pro 80 Plus Gold Power Supply ( 80 Plus Gold) [+172] CABLE1: 10-FT HDMI v1.4 Cable Type-A Male to Male High Speed Cable [+10] RUSH: RUSH!!! READY TO SHIP IN 3 BUSINESS DAYS [+69] SERVICE: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO TEMP: NZXT Sentry LX Aluminum High Performance Fan Control, Clock, & Temperature Display [+69] TUNING: Intel® Core™ i7-3820 Performance Tuning Protection Plan by Intel [+29] USBX: NZXT Internal USB 6-PORT Expansion Module [+19] VIDEO: AMD Radeon HD 7970 3GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card [+127] (Major Brand Powered by AMD) VIDEO2: AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card [+195] (HIS IceQ Turbo Edition [+43]) WAP1: ASUS RT-N56U Stylish Concurrent 300 Mbps Dual Band Wireless-N Gigabit Router [+126] WNC: 802.11b/g/n 300 Mbps Wireless Card + External 2.4G 5 Dbi Omni-Directional Wireless Antenna [+39] FINAL PRICE: (+3180) From what I know, this setup would be pretty good for just about every game out right now (not sure about The Witcher 2, but I have no interest in that game anyway). Just want some opinions from people that have lots of experience with custom gaming rigs, and some suggestions on what I can do to improve performance without raising the cost too much.
You should just get a intel i5 3570k for gaming with a really good graphics card.