So I've saved a good amount of cash ($2800 is about the limit) and I've been planning to build this computer for quite some time. This computer is being build for the purpose of gaming (for long hours), streaming, and video editing/photoshop editing. I really don't plan on over-clocking the system in any way or have any idea on how to so I'm hoping to see what people think of how this build is. I haven't thought of a after-market cooler yet in fear that it may be too large and block the RAM sticks.
But here's my build:
Tower- Antec Twelve Hundred V3 Black Steel ATX Full Tower
Mobo- ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
You could really spend 1/2 that and still get a really killer rig. You don't need the Sabertooth if you're not overclocking and even then it's not a good board to purchase as the thermal armor traps more heat than it's designed to prevent.
G-Unit is all over it. I'd like to add, tho, that there is a TON of wasted potential in not overclocking today's CPU. A $35 cooler gets you a 20-30% increase in clock speed and I find that to be a good ROI. That's not even pushing the CPU to the limit so not impacting the lifespan (just leave speedstep on). It's as easy as going into the BIOS and setting the multiplier to 41 (or 42, or 43), save and exit. If you want to fine tune you can but it's not necessary for joe user.