I've finally decided to start preparing for my first custom PC, and would like to get some advise on possibly better parts or parts nearly equal in power for less. I'm trying to keep the build as close to $900 as I can. I'm not planning on overclocking or anything fancy like that. I just want a gaming PC that can handle more than my current pre-built clunker.
Here are the parts I've picked using logicalincrements.com: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2gg2u
And as far as a optical drive, would this good enough, or is there something cheaper?
Changed motherboard to a cheaper one, If your not planning to overclock you don't need a z board and stock heat sink is fine. Changed ram to cheaper ram with same speed (ram is ram), changed to a cheaper corsair psu, upgraded gpu with money saved. If you get a cheaper case like corsair 300r(still a good case) you could use the money to upgrade gpu to a r9 280x or gtx 770. Any optical drive is fine. http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/partlist/
Again thank you. It does look pretty solid. Although my main question (bare with me, I'm still learning about these parts) is what exactly is the difference between the two video cards. Is it that the one you had linked stays cooler than the one I had picked out, or are there more traits I'm overlooking?