Best $700-800 PC Build

Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime this Fall.

Budget Range: $700-800.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Basic Tasks, Gaming, Audio Editing, Graphic Editing, Streaming, Video Editing, Linux

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Keyboard, OS.

Preferred Website for Parts: No preference.

State/Country: New Jersey, USA.

Parts Preferences: No preference.

Overclocking: No.

Monitor Resolution: 1366x768 (current resolution) or better.

Additional Comments:
+ Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black).
+ Games: League of Legends, WARFRAME, DC Universe Online, etc.
+ I don't play games all that often, but when I do play, I'd like to be able to play at decent settings.
+ I need a monitor added into the budget. Depending on the cost of the whole, I might consider buying another to use a dual-monitor setup.
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  1. Editing programs benefit from strong CPUs. I'd get an i5 for your build, lowering the graphics card to a R9 270X or R9 270 in order to get it. In a gamer, you'd probably choose an i3 with a stronger card, but since you have specified that gaming is secondary, go with the stronger CPU; you can always upgrade the graphics card later.
    You'll want 8GB of RAM in a 2x4GB configuration (for dual-channel mode). Actually, if budget demands, you could drop all the way down to a GTX750Ti or R7 265 and play on "decent" settings.
  2. Thank you for the advice, Onus, but...

    Something tells me I'm not doing this right... Can anybody help me out with a good example build that fits my criteria, or some advice on how to monumentally whittle away at my current build's price tag?
  3. Ok, that's not a bad effort, and hits most of my points, but there are a few things you can change that will shave the cost.
    A locked CPU (non-K version) will run just fine on a cheaper H81 or B85 board; the Z87 is an overclocking motherboard, which you won't need; that will cut the mobo cost in half.
    Then, you won't need the aftermarket cooler since you won't be overclocking, saving more money.
    Put some of the savings into a quality PSU, such as XFX; the Corsair "CX" (and other cheap) versions was made using some inferior Samxon capacitors that degrade rapidly when subjected to heat.

    So... a build like this would be worth the $800 or so price tag that I'd be purchasing it for in a few weeks or months? Do you think the build will last the changes and usage that a good four years of college will bring to it, even if I periodically update it? And would building it be a good choice even though I've really never done anything to the interior of a computer before (even though I've been using computers nearly all my life)?

    I just want to get as much assurance as possible that building a PC is a good alternative to buying one from the store or a boutique retailer, both to calm my slight uneasiness about the concept and my parents' reluctance to purchase instead of have me craft my own.
  5. Best answer
    There are a lot of good build videos on YouTube. If you have even modest eyesight and dexterity, you should have no difficulty building a PC.
    That PC ought to last for a while, yes. You may want a video card upgrade some time along the way, but that will depend on the games you'll be playing and the settings you like.
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