Looking for help building a PC for under $1k this weekend. For gaming and some video editing. Hoping the 3570k i5 is enough unless someone thinks I need i7 for video editing. Was also looking at the extreme4 but would prefer sturdier build quality. Also trying to decide between 660 ti or 670 (or Radeon). Max $300 on video card. 8gb ram. Case suggestions welcome - but really want to decide on mobo, CPU, video card in this budget.
I would actually recommend the extremme4 z77 because you get the features of an ASRock board with the performance of z77 and honestly a i5 will support what you are doing fine. But since your gpu budget is 300 you can really only get the 660ti because the 670, the 7950 and the 7970 are all 300+ so if you want to upgrade in the future i recommend the 670 or the 7970 both about $350. As for the 3570k it preforms as good as some i7s when overclocked so when you have a case that cools this well and a nice cooler on the ivy/sandy bridge it will overclock nicely considering they are the coolest thing intel released...
So the build i would recommend is
-Coolermaster Hyper212 evo
-ASRock Extreme4 z77
-G.Skill Ripjaws 8 gb (2x4gb) 1600 mhz
-ASUS 660ti 2gb dual fan cooled
-Western Digital Blue 1 tb
-Lite-On DVD Burner
Somewhat worth it. If you don't plan on doing any hardcore video editing, the i5 3570K will be more than enough, if you start to notice some lag or something, overclock the i5 3570K slightly to roughly 4.3ghz~4.5ghz and you'll see a pretty noticeable increase in smoothness. OCing the i5 3570K and utilizing the potential will really save you those $60.