First Time Builder Building $600 - $800 Gaming/Video

Over the past few months I've been self teaching myself about computers and their parts. I really want to build my own computer so I'm looking for some advice. I'm building for game playing/recording/video editing/music/and everyday needs since I don't have my own computer. My budget is around $600-$800 and it would help to be from tigerdirect.com

CPU: I'm thinking either the Intel i5-3570k or the AMD Phenom II x4 965

Motherboard: Not all sure what I should get, all I know is want an ATX size

GPU: Haven't looked into them all that much considering I haven't really decided on a motherboard

Case: Im wanting a Mid or Full(so I can grow into it as I become more knowledged in computers) also I'm one for a sweet looking case, with at least 3 or 4 external 5.25" drives and at least 4 internal 3.5" drives. (side window/blue LED fans/easy to work with) NZXT Guardian AtX Mid 921?

As you can tell I haven't really narrowed my options all that much and I'm open to suggestions. I don't know exactly what's out there so I appreciate any help, money, and time you guys will save me.

Thanks :)
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  1. theeejohnnyv said:
    Over the past few months I've been self teaching myself about computers and their parts. I really want to build my own computer so I'm looking for some advice. I'm building for game playing/recording/video editing/music/and everyday needs since I don't have my own computer. My budget is around $600-$800 and it would help to be from tigerdirect.com

    CPU: I'm thinking either the Intel i5-3570k or the AMD Phenom II x4 965

    Motherboard: Not all sure what I should get, all I know is want an ATX size

    GPU: Haven't looked into them all that much considering I haven't really decided on a motherboard

    Case: Im wanting a Mid or Full(so I can grow into it as I become more knowledged in computers) also I'm one for a sweet looking case, with at least 3 or 4 external 5.25" drives and at least 4 internal 3.5" drives. (side window/blue LED fans/easy to work with) NZXT Guardian AtX Mid 921?

    As you can tell I haven't really narrowed my options all that much and I'm open to suggestions. I don't know exactly what's out there so I appreciate any help, money, and time you guys will save me.

    Thanks :)


    So I dont waste anyones time, I'm thinking I might as well just go with an Intel i7-3770k w/ ASUS P8Z77-V LX motherboard. Just depends on how much everything will come to without going over a total of $800

    I can buy ASAP
    I might overclock eventually
    I will prob Crossfire eventually as well

    Still don't know what GPU I should go with
  2. theeejohnnyv said:
    Over the past few months I've been self teaching myself about computers and their parts. I really want to build my own computer so I'm looking for some advice. I'm building for game playing/recording/video editing/music/and everyday needs since I don't have my own computer. My budget is around $600-$800 and it would help to be from tigerdirect.com

    CPU: I'm thinking either the Intel i5-3570k or the AMD Phenom II x4 965

    Motherboard: Not all sure what I should get, all I know is want an ATX size

    GPU: Haven't looked into them all that much considering I haven't really decided on a motherboard

    Case: Im wanting a Mid or Full(so I can grow into it as I become more knowledged in computers) also I'm one for a sweet looking case, with at least 3 or 4 external 5.25" drives and at least 4 internal 3.5" drives. (side window/blue LED fans/easy to work with) NZXT Guardian AtX Mid 921?

    As you can tell I haven't really narrowed my options all that much and I'm open to suggestions. I don't know exactly what's out there so I appreciate any help, money, and time you guys will save me.

    Thanks :)



    The i5-3570k is a great choice for gaming at a good price for the standard you get, and as you can tell by the K on the end it can be overclocked!
    Motherboard: im also in the process of ordering parts for my gaming rig and a friend recommended this motherboard
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2276159&CatId=6976
    but i went for a more expensive Asus motherboard as my budget was larger than yours, but this Gigabyte is well worth the price and im surprised at how cheap it is!
    GPU: would recommend the GTX 660ti, but since you have a budget i would say the 560ti is a good purchase! http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7198689&CatId=3669

    Personally I feel NZXT make some of the best cases around, and i would recommend the NZXT Phantom, and there is a full tower or the 410 Mid tower option to suit your needs and whichever one you feel comfortable with!
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