This is my first computer I'm building myself so I'm not sure if I'm doing it right. This will be a do everything (hopefully well) computer, including video encoding and editing, photoshop, light gaming (I'm not a real PC gamer.. something about sitting in an upright chair with a mouse and keyboard on a desk bugs me... but even just testing cool graphics sounds fun sometimes).
The parts I'm not really sure about are the hard drive, the ram (I do want 16gb.. the price is so cheap) and the power supply. I'm also going to add a couple of 200mm fans to the case (top and side). Do I need to add the 140mm fan to the front?
Do I need thermal paste?
Also how exactly do I find the best prices for everything? How do I know what is sold in combos or not?
I agree with the 6870 being a bit weak if you were building this for a gaming rig, but for the things you've listed, you should be ok with it for most things. You'll be able to play almost any modern game on it, just probably not with high/ultra settings, and AMD cards dont get along with aa very well for some odd reason. I would recommend maybe getting this xfx card instead, comes with a lifetime warranty for about 10 bucks more. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...