First post. Hello everyone. I'm looking for some advice on building a computer for the first time.
I'm trying to keep the spending under C$1000, this is only for the parts I will buy and not the stuff I already have. (I'm located in Canada BTW)
No preference on retailers.
Usage: gaming mostly. Particularly running Dolphin nicely in 1080p (not sure if resolution matters for Dolphin), and running upcoming games at 1080p on high at a playable framerate (BF4, Watch Dogs, etc). Ultra would be nice but isn't necessary.
Watercooling?: no if it isn't absolutely mandatory
Build: (going from the least flexible component to the most flexible)
CPU: I already have a i7-3770 given to me from a buddy. (no purchase required)
STORAGE: I have a spare 250GB Samsung 840 lying around, I will probably pull apart one of my external hard drives to put in the computer. (no purchase required)
CASE: I want to use the CM Elite 120 for the build because I've seen the case in person and I like its size. I'm open to other suggestions of similar sized cases.
RAM: I'm guessing 8GB is enough? Need brand/make suggestions.
MOTHERBOARD: Need help because I have no clue on what to get. I assume a Mini-ITX board to fit the case I want. I'm looking for something with wifi and bluetooth.
GPU: No idea... looking for something to fit my requirements above. I think the graphics will be a big chunk of my spending. I'm also concerned about how well a typical card will fit in the CM Elite 120 due to its size.
PSU: Was looking at the Corsair CX430M but I think the PSU will depend on which graphics card I end up getting
Peripherals: I'm looking for a mechanical keyboard with mx blue switches and lit keys.
So to sum things up I need a small form factor case, RAM, motherboard, graphics card, PSU and a keyboard and keeping it under $1000.
Things I already own: CPU, SSD/HDD, 24" 1080p 3D monitor (I never use the 3D tbh), Mouse
I apologize if I'm being too vague or forgetting stuff. Your suggestions are highly appreciated, thanks.