This is my first time building a PC and I wanted help making sure I'm organizing and selecting things right so there are as few headaches as possible. These questions will probably seem simple but I'm entirely new at this. I've written questions that I have under the pieces.
My Budget is $1200 with a little flexibility if needed and my primary purpose for this machine will be to play graphic intensive games and video editing.
I'd like to have my graphics settings on games to the max but I don't need a machine that's overkill. and I'm not too concerned with everything being top-of-the-line but I do want to build something that I can upgrade with relative ease in the future.
*This piece is my biggest area of confusion. My case has three fans that come with it and in addition to the other pieces in this machine will this be enough power? And will everything be able to connect to it?
1) The 6 core amd cpu's have not been good for gamers when compared to sandy bridge. Bulldozer has been a real disappointment. Even the lowly i3-2100 dual core is competitive. The reason is twofold. First, few games use more than two or three cores, making a 6 core not much more useful than a 4 core. Second, the amount of work per clock on sandy bridge architecture is 20-30% better at the same clock rate. In your budget range, the i5-2500K is vastly superior. Yes, it will cost you $200 or so. Also, the sandy bridge "K" cpu's are good overclockers. They will easily go to 4.0-4.5 conservatively.
2) The 6950 is a good card. For gaming, this is the component that is most important. If you have the budget, see if you can't manage a 6970 or a GTX570. The recent announcement of a GTX560ti-448 is also very interesting. I would not plan on future upgrade via cf/sli. To do that, you will need a dual x16 cf/sli capable motherboard, a stronger psu, and better case cooling. My plan would be to sell the current card in favor of a stronget one in the future.
3) You will want a Z68 or P67 based motherboard. Most any will do.
5) OCZ is a so so brand. Get a Seasonic, Antec, Corsair, XFX, or PC P&C unit which will not cost you any more.
This Antec HCG 620W unit is only $65. It actyally is a bit stronger with 48a vs 46a on the ocz.
It will power a single graphics card up to a GTX580. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
7) Hard drive prices are crazy today. If you use a ssd(consider them as small sata hard drives that are very fast) for the os, then a slower hard drive like the wd blue is ok. I think 60gb is a bit small, but doable. 80-120gb should be fine. Otherwise look at the WD black or a samsung spinpoint f1. For what it is worth, the 1tb drives are faster because they are denser.
8) ram is fine, but if you are doing video editing consider a 16gb kit . The extra ram can be used instead of hard drive workfiles if your app is 64 bit enabled.