Hey dudes, first time on Tom's Hardware, but I saw via Google that many PC builds get scrutinized and reviewed on this site, so I decided to give it a go as I also have inquiries on building a gaming rig for myself. So here goes.
DISCLAIMER: These components were picked by my friend, who's a computer geek, and myself, but you guys are the experts so please make suggestions of your own! I don't prefer performance over price, but I do want efficiency, so I want my money's worth (this is probably a given)
Approximate Purchase Date: April-May (I know it's far, but hopefully these parts won't be obsolete by then?)
Budget Range: I'm fine with anything, but $1200-$1400 (maybe even $1500)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Video Editing/Rendering, 3D Rendering, Surfing, etc.
Parts Not Required: Monitor, keyboard (Although you can suggest one too, this keyboard's getting old)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com, microcenter.com
Country: United States
Parts Preferences: Fine with either NVIDIA or AMD for GPUs, prefer Intel for processors, rest is up to you guys.
SLI or Crossfire: Eventually, but initially, no.
Monitor Resolution: 1600:900
Additional Comments: Quiet, fast preferred, but again, I'm looking for performance. I want to keep this PC for years, with occasional upgrades.
looks like a pretty good build. the hyperthreading from an i7 would help in video editing. it is pretty useless in most games, however, so depending on how you are going to balance video editing vs videogaming invest accordingly. i think the asus mobo, although it is excellent, is a bit expensive, you could save on that and invest more heavily in videocard which tends to be the bottleneck in games. i put together sub-$1k and sub-$1.6k gaming builds on my blog. check em out: www.rightrig.tumblr.com