So, I've got some money saved up and I'm finally biting the bullet and getting a desktop PC. I have my old 22" 1080p monitor which I'll use as long as it works and all the necessary peripherals. I've started working on possible components and I'd love to hear your input on the parts I picked. Maybe there's a better part for a similar price? Maybe I'm bottlenecking my GPU? Maybe the case is too small or the SSD is too expensive? Maybe you don't like the color scheme?
There are 2 main ideas behind this build.
1. I want to play SC on it. I managed to fit an R9 290 in this build and a SLI-compatible MoBo, so I can one day buy another R9 290 and have enough GPU power to last me a lifetime. For now just one will do fine.
2. i5-4690k CPU. I won't overclock it right away but maybe few years down the line when I get a second GPU, or if/when I start noticing bad performance due to CPU I will. I've never done it before so I don't know if it's a big performance gain and if it's worth it. If it's not maybe I should just pick a normal, non OC-compatible MoBO and the non-k CPU?
Here are the parts (it's a screenshot, don't bother clicking - I just love the layout):
PcPartpicker link (this one you can click): http://pcpartpicker.com/p/dZfTpg
Ideally I'd like to lower the overall price of the budget. I can afford $1200 but this build comes to around $1500 - $1600 in Croatia. I might order parts on amazon.de in which case it's 100-150$ cheaper. I guess I can save some money on the case (Zalman Z3 seems much cheaper, almost suspiciously so) or the SSD (128GB version of the Crucial MX100). The case has to be big because apparently, the R9 290 Sapphire Tri-X has a huge cooler.
I could also possibly pick a GTX 770 instead of the R9, it seems like it's benchmarks are similar to the R9 290's in Arena Commander but it seems like it's generally weaker in other games, and people talk about R9 290 as the king of price/performance ratio.
Anyway, hope I didn't bore ya too much. I'm very anxious about this build, I want it to last as long as possible (and when I inevitably have to upgrade it, I want to be able to keep as many old parts as possible). I'll be building it myself (for the first time ever) so I want everything to be perfect