Trying to re-use old parts $1000 USD budget

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

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:, (You can search both sites in English)

Country: Japan

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

Additional Comments:
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 ( ) 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. ( )

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!

Old Computer Parts List:

Drives: Hitachi 500gb SATA 3.0 drive (2009) Hitachi 164.7gb (Old 2004 drive) Maxtor 120gb (Old 2003 drive)
DVD Burner: LG Super Multi DVD Rewriter ( )
Motherboard: ASUS M4A79XTD Evo Motherboard ( )
CPU: AMD Phenom II (I'm not sure other then that)
RAM: Two Ripjaws DDR3 4gb Ram ( )
Monitor: LG Electronics Japan 27inch LED Monitor E2770V-BF ( )
Case: NZXT Phantom in white ( )
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  1. I have a better idea of what I think I will do.

    cooler: Noctua NH-D14
    cpu: intel core i7 2600k
    Motherboard: gigabyte ga-z68A (but i can't find the difference between the rev 1.0 and 1.3)
    Video card: Asus Radeon 6870

    I'm still unsure about the power supply.
  2. If your not overclocking, why do you need a 2600K and a Z68?

    A better and cheaper choice would be a 2600 and a H67.

    Also keep in mind a HD6870 is only a little faster than my older HD5850, you may want to step it up a little for 1920x1080.

    Until you decide if you want Xfire/SLI, you really can't make a psu or mobo choice.

    This is a good choice if your not going to xfire/sli, plenty of headroom for overclocking.

    Yes I know your in Japan.
  3. Lol, if you're not ocing get the i5-2500. Use the money to get a 6950 or see if a 7950 will fit in your budget.
  4. Yeah I figured my CPU was a bit too much. Though I read that the z68 was just a mid-range mobo.

    I'll keep researching with your suggestions!! :D
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