First time gaming pc builder in need of help fast!

So I am looking to upgrade my 4 year old 2 core laptop to something that can actually work on the things I use it for. I record gameplays, use video editing and rendering software, and want to livestream but I don't know what I need. I have a general idea but nothing to deep into specifics. My question is what should I put into my pc for 1080p quality under $1000. I know around a NVIDIA Gefore 650 or close and an intel i5 hit around where I need them. As far as casing's and motherboards and whatever else I am lost. If someone could suggest a build or point me in the right direction I would greatly appreciate it
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    Here's the build that I suggest you :

    PCPartPicker part list:
    Price breakdown by merchant:

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: MSI Z77MA-G45 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($86.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: GeIL EVO Veloce Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($53.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($349.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($65.00 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $920.90
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-16 15:07 EDT-0400)
  2. What card would this compare to on the NVIDIA scale a GTX 660? or a little higher?
  3. A lot higher
  4. but 300 for a video card seems like a lot for a processor that doesn't seem as good. Can the cpu handle it? and couldn't i go lower to save money but still be pretty close to what this gives?
  5. This CPU is not bad at all. It is the CPU that you use for high-end gaming, almost all of the time, right now.
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