I built a high end gaming system about 10-12 years ago and it is due to get replaced
I don't have time to play games very often, but would like to have a system capable of gaming with good graphics.
My main reason to update the system now (likely start buying parts in next week or two) is that I can not render HD video footage (Sony Vegas for family videos and helmet-cam stuff). No huge projects, but I don't want to take hours to render a 10 min video.
Price is not a HUGE issue, in fact I am pleasantly surprised at pricing from my research so far. I recall when I did my last built the good video cards were $6-800, and now it seems you can get really good ones for $2-300. So paying $300 for a video card seems like a relative bargin for me and I wouldn't mind paying a little extra to get more performance and something that won't be outdated as quickly.
It is quite confusing trying to keep up with all the models of motherboards, video cards and processors.
PROCESSOR: I appreciate the sticky indicating no real gaming gains with i7 over i5, but would an i7 be better for video rendering. Would 6/8 cores be significantly faster. I looked at these two i5/i7: ARK | Compare Intel® Products
and it seems the main differnce is 8 threads for i7 v. 4 for i5. If that would make a large difference in rendering speed, it may be worth the extra $80 or so
Just looking up "i5" on newegg gives sooooo many options it makes my head spin
Video card (GPU): I looked at these EVGA cards Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, LED LCD TV, Digital Cameras and more - Newegg.com!
and it seems the " GTX 760 with 4GB and 256bit" at $260 is a price I could easily live with, and seems like a good card.
I think I want to stick with NVIDIA as I understand most video software is geared around it.
Motherboard: these really confuse me and I'm open to suggestions as I'm not 100% sure what to look for.
The rest I think I can figure out: good power supply (lean towards Corsair as that has been recommended a lot in here), a SSD plus larger storage drive, I have a good tower with lots of fans/venilation that I will use from my old computer.