Let's start with the questionsWill bottlenecking be an issue with this motherboard and cpu?
I find it funny, I just posted a topic about this
. The short answer? No. The long answer? No if only because the processor performs significantly faster than the bare minimum requirements to run any game (which is where I would claim is the slowest processor before you should probably start worrying)Is there a non-overclocked graphics card for under $200 that can do what I listed above? If so, any recommendations?
Assuming the primary monitor is 1080p, there's quite a few. Except most modern games are GPU bottlenecked, so they're all going to fail the "without pushing the GPU to the limits" requirement.Can any components on my list be replaced with something cheaper that is equal to or better than the listed item in terms of performance and quality?
Yes, I will revise your parts list.Any recommendations on a particular brand of power supply?
Any of Seasonic's or Corsair's. Rosewill Capstone is also a good model series.
- MSI Z97-GAMING 7 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard
I'd suggest something cheaper, in the $120-$150 range, unless you have a need for the features the motherboard has. It looks like it's geared towards audiophile stuff... but higher end stuff just buys you nice-to-have features, they don't really tend to sacrifice quality.
- Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor
Get a Core i5-4690K, it's $100 cheaper and for photo editing work (assuming Photoshop doesn't take advantage of your GPU) you may lose up to 20% performance. But for gaming, you lost practically nothing.
- A-Data XPG V2 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2400 Memory
Get DDR3-1600 RAM. There's almost no real benefit buying faster RAM.
- Seagate 600 Series 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
Swap this out for a Samsung or Crucial SSD, they're more reputable.
So I'm going to assume you've hit $1200 with your original build (since your budget is $1400 and you're looking for a $200 card). If you change out the motherboard, CPU, and RAM, you can get up to about $150. $350 for a video card will do a whole lot better than $200.
And for this build, you should be fine with a 500W-600W PSU.