Approximate Purchase Date: This Week or Next Week
System Usage from Most to Least Important:Gaming, Video Editing, Writing, Drawing
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, A monitor is optional
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com
Parts Preferences: I don't care who manufactured them, as long as they work very well.
Overclocking: Maybe, Is it worth it?
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, probably not
Additional Comments:I wanna play Battlefield 3, Crysis, Crysis 2, Skyrim, Left 4 Dead, GMOD, other Valve and Bethesda games lol. I would like a cool looking case lol but that is the least of my worries
This is a build I recommended to some one else. nothing is set in stone. with your budget there is room to play. Like doubling up on the ram, or changing the case. you could get an ssd. Also there is the option of upgrading to a am3+ processor like the 8100 series that is an eight core. 1200 bucks is a good starting point for a badass system that is up gradable.
With your budget definitely do Intel CPU, like the i5-2500K if you want to overclock or the i5-2400 if not overclocking. It is easy to overclock the i5 and you just need like Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo or the Hyper 212+ as an aftermarket cooler. Get the suggested Asrock Extreme3 Gen3 or P8Z68-V motherboard. I would grab a mid tower around $100, not Corsair 650D, something like the Cooler Master HAF 922, or Corsair 300R. Then get the G. Skill RAM and Corsair PSU, and a 500gb HDD, and spend the rest on a GPU based on... http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o...
Dont get a $190 Motherboard, you dont need it, again the Asrock Extreme3 Gen3 or ASUS P8Z68-V is what you need.