Can you help me build a PC, piece by piece?

Okay I've never built a PC before but I desperately need one. I am sick of dell garbage.

I think I will start with the CPU, I am thinking the i7-2600k because it seems like the best bang for the buck that will last me for a long time. Then I am not sure where to go from there such as which part would be best to pick next, what type of motherboard I need, if I should get a full or mid size tower case etc...

I am looking for speediness as priority #1; speediness during everything I do with the OS and programs. I just hate clicking on something and waiting for it to process. Also, I will like to use it for movies, video editing, photo editing, programming and things such as that. Gaming is not an issue.

One plan I have is to both have this computer connect to my TV in my bedroom (which is the neighboring room) to watch movies on my TV, as well as use the monitor AS a TV, also use two monitors next to each other.

I would appreciate any help :)

Budget - Approximately $1300, just as an estimate. I think a lot of times people focus on gaming but keep in mind I will not do any gaming that my current laptop couldn't handle.

Purchase date - as soon as I get a concrete build that seems like it has passed scrutiny.

All parts will be required except the 2nd monitor and the TV.

I do have a concern I won't know what kind of cords I need to buy... do all parts come with necessary cords?

What should I do about harddrive/backup?


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  1. OP wanted speediness. How about a COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 $44.99 free shipping
    And if you're doing phot editing you might want 2 more sticks of RAM
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9Q-8GBZL $56.99 free shipping
    instead of the above listed RAM...better latency
  2. I'm pricing things out, I think I'm going to need to up my budget to like $1500 :(
    I don't know.. is it worth getting the extra power from a 2600K? I'm not a big video editor or a gamer..
  3. if you're not a big video editor the i5 2500k might still appeal to you because it won't slow too much compared to i7 2600k... an i5 2500k is the best value processor for everyday task....

    Intel Core i5-2500K - $225

    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 - $122

    G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR2 - $50

    cpu cooler:
    CORSAIR CAFA70 - $25 after rebate

    Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB - $130

    Patriot Pyro SE PPSE120GS25SSDR 2.5" 120GB - $165

    LG DVD Burner 24X GH24NS70 - $19

    XFX Core Edition PRO650W (P1-650S-NLB9) 650W - $65 after rebate

    Rosewill BLACKHAWK - $90

    Galaxy 56NGH6HS4IXZ GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB - $185 after rebate

    total: $1076 after rebate excluding shipping
  4. Not a gamer just change graphics card into radeon 5970 below is ur $1500 pc config
  5. 8 core processor under $260 why go to spend more than this and get lower cores
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