Budget Range: Lower is better...I begin to cringe after $1200
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mostly gaming, possible recreational video editing, probably some sorts of engineering programs down the line in two years when I hit college
Parts Not Required: Don't bother with peripherals, a monitor, or an OS. I either have those taken care of or will deal with them later seperately.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Probably Newegg, though I'm pretty green in the PC buying world-your insights are far better than mine
Parts Preferences: I seem biased towards Intel for the Processor and Nvidia for the Graphics although I've never built a computer before...not sure why
Overclocking: Probably not
SLI or Crossfire: Probably not
Overclocking and SLI seem to be more of a hassle than is needed. Then again, you guys are the knowledgeable ones. Would buying a computer (overclock capable) with 1 graphics card (but possibility of adding a second) and then choosing to overclock and add a second graphics card later down the road work well as a sort of future proofing/keeping up with new games as they come out?
Monitor Resolution: Don't have a monitor as of yet, I guess the PC will dictate it. Nothing too crazy.
Additional Comments: The most demanding games that I play on my current (and massively outdated computer) are Team Fortress 2 and League of Legends, although I'd also want to play games like Call of Duty, Battlefield 3, and StarCraft 2 upon getting a new computer.
Haven't really considered getting a SSD, would that be something to put thought into?
I think that between myself and my father, there shouldn't be too many problems building the computer. However, I've checked IBuyPower for custom builds that seem similar to what I want and the prices seem comparable. Opinions on Newegg/Do-It-Yourself vs. IbuyPower?
If your unsure whether your going to overclock or not, dont get a liquid CPU cooler, it will just be redundant. Get the Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO, which is a cheap cooler, performs well and allows a decent overclock.
For graphics I personally suggest a GTX 560 or what Manofchalk said, the HD6870 or HD7850. Although you do get higher FPS will a GTX 560 than a HD6870/7870 ( Personal Experience ). Other than that the build looks great! Have fun creating a computer
You have to buy at least a Nvidia 560 Ti. Right now the 500 series (Fermi) is on discount as the new cards (Kepler) are rolling out. I'd suggest reviews for game performance. You definitely need to upgrade that GPU.