Long time reader of the site, subscriber, but first time poster! I can't think of a group of people I would trust more with this question.
Very excited to build my first rig. People talk about the feeling of accomplishment and I can't wait for that!
I'm looking to spend between $600-$700 US dollars to start, but I want to make sure the build I have is expandable and rather modular. So, If I want to upgrade my HDD, RAM or video card I can. I'm not interested in an optical drive right now because I will be downloading everything. (again would like a slot and option for it in case I want to do Blu Ray) I would also sacrifice and SSD (for now) for a better CPU or Video Card.
I don't need any accessories as I have a keyboard, mouse, headset and monitor.
I would like the form factor to be as close to an "in the entertainment center look" as possible, but I don't know anything about power supplies, cases and I have no idea what over-clocking means, so please be gentle!
The rig will be used exclusively for gaming. I'm not worried about being bleeding edge but I do want to be able to run modern games (like Divinity) well, play smaller indie games, and also be able to stream out to Twitch with ease. I also often capture video from my consoles through my El Gato and I want to make sure thats smooth as well.
Any advice you can give me would be amazing and any parts lists would be even better!