Hey guys, I'm looking to build a good gaming computer that is also capable of video editing/rendering, along with other little things that don't necessarily have to do with gaming, as gaming will not be its only purpose. My price range is anywhere from 600-800 not including a monitor, mouse, or keyboard. I need a new monitor, mouse, and keyboard, preferably decent ones, but they don't have to be part of the initial budget. I'm looking for a nice monitor, maybe $100-130. I want the computer to have the ability to run most/all games as I am just being introduced to PC gaming and want to be able to explore my options. I'm looking to purchase everything on Newegg. Thanks in advance.
If you want to save some real money, check your local craigslist for used gaming systems with amd or Intel cpus. Building your own is ok, but there's plenty of deals out there. Get one with a good branded power supply by antec, corsair, enermax, seasonic, ocz, or xfx. Minimum of 500 watts with a 6870, 7750, or 7850 graphics card.
Just out of curiosity what differences would I have to make to ensure the computer could do other thing such as video editing/rendering well? Ex: A better ___________, more ______, etc.
First of all, it has no case, so add $30 or so to the price to pick up a cheap one.
Top priority on upgrades, new hard drive. A single 5400 RPM notebook drive is going to slow the whole computer down. Next, ditch the triple channel memory and get a proper 8GB dual channel kit. The PSU is bad, but not so bad that it's going to catch fire out of the blue. The ripple is going to hurt overclockability, so if you care about that, shortlist it for an upgrade as well.
Basically, the only thing I would recommend using long term out of what he's selling is the CPU, motherboard and video card (the 5850 was a beast in its day, and is roughly equivalent to a $150 modern card). Not a good deal for $400, especially considering it doesn't come assembled or with a case.
You can get a better computer for less money and not have used parts with no warranty if you just buy the parts new yourself.