This is my first time building a computer by myself, and I'm trying to make kinda a mid-range gaming system. not too hardcore but something that will last a while. My main game is Starcraft 2 and I would like to be able to play on max settings. I know SC2 isn't very graphically greedy, so I think I'll be ok. I also play MMOs, but as long as i can turn on some of the graphics for it, it's fine. It doesn't have to be maxed. I don't play FPS. But I will be doing heavy video and picture editing with Adobe.
Approximate Purchase Date: I've already bought some stuff but I'm trying to figure out the rest everything will be bought immediately
Budget Range: for insides: 1,000 USD max (doesn't include case and monitor)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: My computer will be my everything. Gaming, Video editing, Photo editing, TV
Parts Not Required: Mouse, Monitor, Hard drives, DVD burner, Some ram
Parts Preferences: I do like AMD, but whatever is the best bang for the buck is my preference. I dont mind intel if it's the best for the money.
Overclocking: I'm pretty stupid when it comes to computers, so no.
SLI or Crossfire: Probably not
Monitor Resolution: 27inch 1920x1080
I already bought the NZXT Phantom case (i splurged a little on my case) and I was thinking about the Radeon HD 6870 1GB video card ( http://tinyurl.com/7vgxohd ) I'm also thinking about using the Noctua NH-D14, I know it can fit in my case if I take out the side fan. But I don't know if it would be overkill for my system or what kind of motherboard would fit. ( http://tinyurl.com/7tpw3wc )
My old motherboard is ASUS M4A79XTD Evo with an AMD Phenom II processor. I'm not sure if I can re-use it I think the motherboard got damaged on my way to Japan. Plus it's kinda old now.
I'm not sure how to go about TV tuners, especially in Japan but I think a PS3 can become a TV I just don't know if it can with a monitor.
I'm not sure if I left anything out. Any help in making sure I don't blow up my computer or helping me make sure it all fits inside the case and is compatible with each other would be much appreciated!! If I forgot something please ask!