Help and advice on new build

This is my 2nd post here and the first was this same question but I think I asked it in the wrong place.. anyway can someone help with advice for building a system..

I am partially on a tight budget of around $700-800 but can keep investing as time goes

I dont need monitor, mouse, keyboard and speakers

My current uses:
- lots of file zipping and unzipping (large files),
- photo editing (will be getting into HD video editing) but may be a bit for the video..
- I simultaneously use photoshop CS4 and a canon program called digital photo professional which both are demanding on my current pc especially ran together (lots of program crashes)
- I shoot photos for hire so i keep everything (which currently is being stored on external HD's mostly).
- I ingest around 30-40 gigs of photo raw files weekly, zip them, back them onto external HD and then upload to seperate location (another external HD)
- lots of downloading
- a lot of multitasking (as much as my current pc can do without crashing)
- I do play a game called Realflight simulator which is hard on most computers as it graphic intensive (so seems to be but I am no pro and not sure the specs)
- Be used as ftp server as I like running a private ftp for friends and family

What I would like:
- Strong computer thats fast and dependable
- allows a fairly inexperienced person to build ( built a tyan dual CPU system about 8 years ago so some experience but long time ago)
- easy to overclock (if I get the nerve)
- dont need fancy case but plenty of bays and professional appearance
- looking at learning/using raid (this can wait if needed as i am making it without it now and not even sure how/if it will benefit me)
- Kids ages 14, 15 and 3 so gaming is a thought but nothing serious
- With photo editing I have to keep my monitors calibrated with exact colors. I do use dual monitors so not sure if that plays a roll with the video card selection.
- nice sound quality but doesnt have to be competative - low on my priority
- capable of future expansion as funds become available

I plan to start burning a lot of dvd's for data backup if I run out of space adding external hard drives.. I am not sure if there is a better method of storing large files but if so maybe someone will pipe in...

I should be able to invest a couple hundred here and there until the system gets solid...

I had looked into the core 2 quads (maybe a q6600 or Q9400) but then keep seeing the i7 but not sure what i need. I just wanting the best bang for the buck


PS - as I mentioned I asked advice under anther thread but then realized that was a specific thread and thought I may have supposed to ask here.. Anyway I hope I didnt screw up with my first couple posts...
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  1. Well yes the i7 would be suited for your usage...though even the core2Quads can get the job done...You can take a look at the new AMD Phenom II quad core...even they offer very good value for the money...
    But squeezing an i7 setup in that $800 might be not possible though...
    So you can look at the alternatives such as the Phenom IIs and the Core2Q...
  2. Well actually you can get an i7 for that $800 but you can only get minimal spec-ed components in that build like cheap mobo, 3GB RAM at most, maybe 250 or 320GB HDD, low quality case and powersupply, a low powered graphics card...
    But spending around $1000 can get you a very solid i7 setup...
  3. CPU + Graphics card -
    1. SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
    2. Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail




    Power supply
    Antec EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
    $10 off w/ promo code Maypsu10, ends 5/28

    Hard disk + OS

    Total - $1035
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