I've never built a computer so it kind of scares the crap out of me to build one. From what I've seen the i7 would be a bit of overkill for my build but i'd like a processor that will stand the test of time better. I want to spend about a thousand and this is what I'm thinking below. I don't see myself OCing anytime soon and i just want something that is flexible and has an alright potential to upgrade in the future.
If you aren't planning on ocing then a cpu without a "k" might be better for you as (just my understanding, my sometimes FLAWED understanding) the "k" is some way of saying "I'M BETTER FOR OVERCLOCKING". I'm an idiot... but I'm getting (tomorrow ) an i5 3570k which would be a great option for you as it is a great processor but not the best for overclocking. That case is cool. I almost got it but decided to go with the Antec One; you should give it a look.
It would help the others (the smart ones) if you posted what you wanted to do with the pc and what not.
Don't be afraid. I've never done it but I've looked up about 120 hours of videos/tutorials on the web. I think they would let me fly a plane or something with those hours! lol... maybe they wouldn't let ME... but normal people possibly.
This is my build minus a few things that wasn't on pcpartpicker.com (NZXT sentry 2 fan controller and 2 APEVIA blue led 120mm fans)
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($22.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($137.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1066 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Hard Drive: A-Data Premier Pro SP900 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($302.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Cooler Master 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($84.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($54.99 @ Amazon)
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
Thank you for the quick replies! Both the computers look kick-ass. THe first big thing I want from my computer is the ability to play current games well. I mostly just want my games to look and run well. (Surprise). Second thing i want from my computer is a rig that is flexible in regards to future upgrades. I would like a computer that won't be completely worthless two years down the road with upgrades. Right now I don't care much about OCing but i could see myself doing that. I probably would like to do SLI/Crossfire in teh future.
Do what i did i built a gaming pc for £340 and it can run the latest games although the power supply is a bit noisy i would recommend buying asus motherboard, amd bulldozer processor eight core, amd black 8gb ddr3 ram, ati gddr5 3gb graphics card, silent psu, solid state drive 256gb (that's all you'll need), blue ray disc drive and if you want you could get some wicked cooling system as the cooler you get it the more you can overclock!