Budget Range: $1000, If you can justify it, I'm willing to spend up to $1500 ish
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing the Internet, Watching Movies, Get into Editing
Are you buying a monitor: No
Parts to Upgrade: Everything Hardware only.
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon
Location: City, State/Region, Country - Middle TN - US
Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Intel, Nvidia
Overclocking: Maybe, nothing to hardcore, I have never overclocked before.
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, but not to start off with.
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: I would like to be able to play games with all the graphic settings turned up, I have been looking at the GTX 670 card.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My current build was the bottom of the line, 2 years ago. I'm looking to invest a little more this time, and hopefully have a decent build that will last several years.
I only have a Case and CPU picked out right now. I have been having a hard time picking a motherboard. A lot of people recommend ASROCK, I have never heard of them, I have also heard Asus is a really great company.
if you live anywhere near a microcenter get the processor there its $169 instead of 220 something. and if you can tolerate waiting two more months wait for haswell. it will be a new architecture, faster, more features and will overclock better since i doubt intel will put cheap thermal tape behind the top plate like they did with the 3000 series. they got too much bad press from it.
You get a 128GB SSD, which will lead to dramatically better boot times and general system responsiveness. A HD7970 which is a stronger graphics card than the 7950. A 2TB drive instead 1TB. A 750W Gold power supply if you decide to dual Crossfire/SLI (which the mobo can support) later on.
AsRock Z77 Extreme4, Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H and the ASUS P8Z77-V LK are the boards that are recommended for gaming builds.
I personally have gone with the Extreme4 in my build, since it was the cheaper of the three and has the most features, but any of those boards will be fine.