Best Computer Under 1000

I'm looking to build the best possible computer for under $1000. It will be used for Photoshop mainly. I'm looking for suggestions on what would be the best components. The less it costs the better, just as long as it runs photoshop well. :)
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  1. What's included in the $1000 budget? Is that for just the tower, or does it also include the monitor, OS, keyboard, mouse, speakers, etc...? Will it be used for any gaming at all?
  2. Just the OS. It won't be used for gaming at all.
  3. Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail $294.99

    GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $119.99 - $15.00 MIR

    ASUS EAH4350 SILENT/DI/512MD2 Radeon HD 4350 512MB 64-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Retail $39.99 - $10.00 MIR

    Antec Three Hundred Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $49.99

    Corsair CMPSU-400CX ATX12V Power Supply $59.99 - $20.00 MIR + 15% promo code "Jansave15", ends 1/20

    (2) Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $79.99 (x2)

    These drives are very fast, I'd pick up two of them. Photoshop loves having the source and destination files on separate drives.

    (2) G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail $49.99 (x2)

    I'd pick up two kits for a total of 8GB since you'll be working with Photoshop and RAM prices are awesome right now.

    LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model GH22LS30 - OEM 25.99

    Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit English for System Builders 1pk DSP OEI DVD - OEM $99.99

    Total - $950.89 - $45.00 MIR's with two hard drives and 8GB of RAM
  4. All items listed are available on
    The machine build listed here is more than apt enough to handle the latest games with ease.
    Not listed are an OS, Monitor/Mouse/Keyboard/Speakers. It is assumed someone already has a copy of a popular OS they can place on here (legally!) using their old key, and that they already own mundane peripherals.
    This beast is good looking, unique, cheap(!), and can slaughter most games out today.
    Mobo and Processor - $259.99 (Combo)
    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor
    Item #: N82E16819103674

    ASUS M4A78-E ATX AMD Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813131368
    Cheap, Sturdy, Stylish Case - $49.99
    Sunbeam ACIII-T Transparent Computer Case With Side Panel Window
    Item #:N82E16811166006
    Reliable, fast, big HDD - $59.99
    Western Digital Caviar Blue 640GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive
    Item #:N82E16822136218
    FAST Ram (Good timings), from a reliable vendor. Come with Heatsinks. - $50.99
    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)
    Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
    Item #:N82E16820231166
    Front access to Audio/USB/Cards. - $21.99
    nMEDIAPC ZE-C98 All-in-one USB 2.0 Card Reader with USB/IEEE 1394/e-SATA Port/HD Audio Ports
    Item #:N82E16820132020
    POWERFUL, cheap, stylish PSU - $72.49
    OCZ StealthXStream OCZ700SXS 700W Power Supply
    Item #:N82E16817341019
    2xPowerful, low cost, MODERN video cards in Crossfire configuration - $199.98
    SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4850 100245L Video Card
    Item #:N82E16814102770

    Grand Total: 751.41 Before shipping.
  5. In my post I mentioned it would be bomb for gaming, but you could just as easily run Photoshop without breaking a sweat on that machine.
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