APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: jan. 31 2010 BUDGET RANGE: $1250-1400 Before / After Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Video Transcoding alot of video upscaling from avi/mp4 to dvd/vob, Rts/Fps type gaming, some photo and video editing.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: no preferable website have only used newegg.com before COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Texas, USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: no parts preference just what you guys deem fit. ive been stressing over this for 2 weeks unable to make a decision ok well i was looking at core i7 920 and a gtx 260 or better
OVERCLOCKING: Yes Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: just looking for tomshardware gurus to help me out a bit
Going with an i5 would require also changing the motherboard and RAM since it uses a different socket and has a dual channel RAM controller. I would stick with either the i7 920 or i7 860 for your intended use. The i7 860 would require the same motherboard and RAM changes as the i5 750 since they both use the LGA 1156 socket instead of the LGA 1366 socket.
Most video transcoding software I've seen has been able to take advantage of hyperthreading which the i5 750 doesn't have.
Agree with shortstuff. The i5 is an excellent gaming CPU because what makes it cheaper isn't used by games. The i7's are the ultimate processing CPUs. For your purposes, the choice is either the i7-920 or 860. The CPUs are very close in price, but you would save $110 on the motherboard and $65 on the RAM (off what I would suggest for an i5).
That $175 won't actually get you anything better. The next step up in GPUs is $240 more, and more RAM may not be as useful as more processing power.
Thus, the best build for the budget and your uses is the one above. Had it been a strictly gaming build, it might have been different.
The specs on the board look good, but I can't speak to quality. ASRock is known more as a bargain manufacturer than a high quality manufacturer.
The PSU in that combo is good (see this ranking of PSUs). It's a tier 1, indicating the best quality. However, That case isn't very good. It doesn't have many fans.
I really like the PSU/Case combo: OCZ StealthXStream 700W and HAF 922 for $100 after rebates. The case is one of the best available, and the PSU is very good quality for very cheap (tier 2 on that list I posted). For the price, I don't think you should be looking at any other PSU or case...