At that budget and with those purposes, an Intel processor would serve you better. An i7 will be good in video editing (though possibly a touch behind bulldozer) and definitely better in gaming. Also, motherboards are more expensive for Bulldozer & they require more power to run, reducing the apparent price advantage. Edit: Neither store has Phenom II x6 processors in stock, further reducing CPU options.
Possible build:Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Monitor: Benq XL2420t CHF: 448
Very high quality monitor in terms of image and response time, it's capable of 120hz (120 frames per second, rather than the normal 60). And also 3D stuff with an nvidia card (though I don't really consider that a big benefit - it's just one of the most highly rated 120hz monitors). Spending more on a monitor will reduce the budget for other stuff, including video card.... but a great video card doesn't count for much without a good monitor.
Budget didn't stretch as far as I thought... so get an ordinary 1920x1080 monitor. CHF: 170
You should probably actually just get whatever looks good in the store. Best way to select a cheap standard monitor. This monitor is claiming a big discount... which could mean it's pretty high quality at a big discount. Then again, it could mean the monitor didn't work out well and should properly be this cheap because of quality...
CPU: i7-2600k CHF: 299
4 cores + hyperthreading & overclockable = good CPU performance
Mobo: Gigabyte z77 CHF: 110
This is the same price @ both stores. It's a basic z77, not capable of SLI (2 video cards). But if you're not planning on 2 video cards, it should work great! All these z77s have onboard USB3 ports SATA3, and basically all the perks most users want in a motherboard.
CPU Cooler: Coolermaster 212+ CHF: 37
You might want to look around online and see if you can find a Thermalright HR-02 Macho for nearly the same price or only 5-10 more. The HR-02 macho is good, quiet, and used to be relatively inexpensive in europe at least. It's 34 euros at hardwareversand.de - dunno how that converts to CHF.
Video Card: Sapphire 7850 CHF: 261
This card will run the toughest games (BF3, Shogun 2: Total War, that sort of thing) well at only high graphics quality settings, not maximum or ultra graphics quality settings. It will, however, handle less demanding games fantastically. Er, the above for 1920x1080 resolution. At your budget, I wouldn't recommend paying more for a better card.
RAM: 2x4gb 1600mhz low voltage CHF: 60
Nice sale on this kit.PSU: Super Flower Amazon 550w CHF: 73
The Super Flower 550 that's not an amazon is much cheaper, but I couldn't find any reviews to see if it is high quality. This one is very highly recommended, and supposedly pretty darn quiet too.
Case + PSU: Antec Sonata III CHF: 123
Yes, normally cases that come with PSUs have PSUs that are mind-blowingly terrible, but the Sonatas are an exception. They come with quality Antec PSUs. The Sonata III has USB 2.0 on the front and a 500w power supply (easily strong enough for an overclocked i7+ one video card. If you want to plan ahead for two video cards or really really want a single USB 3.0 port on the front of the case, you can get the Sonata IV with a 620w PSU. If you decide on another case, I'd recommend the PSU above. This is a pretty good deal though, in terms of getting a quality case + quality PSU for cheap.
SSD: Plextor m3 128gb CHF: 169
Another good discount. This is one of the faster & more reliable brands out there, essentially a better version of the highly regarded crucial m4. For relatively cheap, it's the obvious choice for SSD at this capacity.
HDD: WD Caviar Green 5400rpm. 1TB or 2TB CHF: 99 or 139
For 7200 rpm, Seagate Barracuda 1TB or 2TB CHF: 99 or 149
All at steg. I didn't look to much at Prodimex. I prefer the slower & quieter Caviar Greens... but they're just for media storage, running programs off of them will be slower than 7200 prm. If you can't fit all your programs on the SSD, go for 7200.
DVD-Burner: Whateverbrand CHF: 20
DVD burners are oddly expensive at steg.
Total: CHF 1348 with the cheaper monitor and hard drive. Build does not include windows. Taxes may make up the rest, or else you can spend it on a gaming mouse (~50, I suggest the Mionix Naos 3200 if they have one in stock), keyboard, cheap speakers/headset, or whatever. You can reduce price significantly by:
1)not overclocking (~100 CHF discount by getting a dirt cheap h61 board, no 3rd-party CPU cooler, & a non-K processor)
2)getting an i5-2500k instead of an i7 (~100 discount)
3)getting less RAM (~30 discount)
4)getting a crappier video card like a 6870 (~100 discount)
5)dropping the SSD (~170 discount)
6)some combination of the above
All of those have some significant downsides, however.
1)Slower CPU - not such a big deal in most games, will affect video editing times though
2)no hyperthreading - no effect on games, will affect video editing times. Not sure if more than #1
3)likely no effect on gaming, could dramatically penalize video editing experience - or have no effect, depending on whether 4gb is enough or not
4)less shiny in gaming
5)SSD is fast boot, fast load times, luxury computing, but not necessary. Very nice though.
You might also put together a similar build at a site like hardwareversand.de to see if it would be cheaper despite shipping.Edited by MisterFred - 4/16/12 at 9:04pm