Trying to kill my console

Ok, just going to turn the xbox 360 over to the kids. I'm in need of some adult gaming. I loved the Mass Effect series and look forward to some extensive rpg, action, and fps games. Thought I'd jump on Deus Ex first.

Anyway, here's what I've got for my first PC bulid:

I've been obsessing over this for awhile. Looking at build videos, forums, reviews, but I'd appreciate some experienced eyes looking at this. I think I'm overdoing it. I would like to play around with overclocking and would like this to be a fast machine that I can game and experiment with.

Specifically, I wonder whether I really need the H100i or whether the Noctua heatsink would be plenty for some safe overclocking. I also wonder whether the PSU is overkill. I'd like there to be enough room for another card to crossfire eventually, but I'm fearful of the power needs if I go lower.

I would like to do some minor video editing, so I think I need the 16g of ram. I just can't find anything significantly cheaper that I trust. I love the fact that the GPU has some hardware video recording capabilities. My son's a huge Minecraft fan, and he's itching to record some of his work.

Any and all comments and advice would be appreciated. I could swing the cost, as is, but I'd love to see it lower. So consider this the top end.


The Build is Fine but if i had to change anything  to save money it would be the SSD and the Motherboard. You could save some money buying a Cheaper Motherboard and you already have a 2TB Seagate. you could use a 128gb ssd as a Bootdrive. and if you really plan on overclocking a little high then stick with the water cooler. but if you aren't get an after market CPU cooler. also the Power Supply is alittle overkill. you could really get away with a 750w. the 850w would be better if you were going crossfire in the future. $1597

You have to live near a Microcenter store if you want to buy their products they don't ship them to you, keep that in mind.

I'm lucky in that the Microcenter in Chicago is close. They do seem to have good CPU deals. Thanks.

Yeah, pick up the CPU at microcenter, as it's cheaper.  I don't have a microcenter near me, sadly :(.

CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler.  A good air cooler like this will be quieter, and provide similar performance.

RAM: Mushkin Blackline 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory.  Mushkin memory is pretty nice.

PSU: EVGA SuperNOVA 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply.  This is enough.  A decent 750W power supply will give you enough power and more, allowing for a bit of overclocking headroom.