How is this ~$1500 build?

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?
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  1. Everything is great! However, with $1500, I was able to add a 7970 AMD Radeon GPU. You could try to find a way to fit the GPU in. 6870 is pretty weak for a $1500 budget.
  2. I would try to get everything on Newegg if i were you, in the rare cases where they are not the lowest price for components, you can usually make up for the difference by using their combos.

    That being said, with the ssd, you dont really need to worry about having a fast hdd, so i would get something like Seagate 500gb 7200 rpm sata iii(which also can be combo'd with a variety of different cases and motherboards, this link:

    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.
  3. Thank you both.
    Definitely not a gaming rig though.. I have a PS3 so I just play games on that.
    But I will upgrade in the future if I change my mind.
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