I'm a first time system builder and despite reading as much as possible want to make sure that what I think would make a pretty nice system will all fit together. I'm not wedded to any components, so if you can think of a better combination or if something won't work, I'd be very happy to hear it. The main constraint I have is space - both for the case and monitor...
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: wanting to pull the trigger this weekend - will get what i can immediately and the card when it becomes available
BUDGET RANGE: planning on spending around $2,500 but wanting to get max bang for the buck
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: adobe suite (photoshop/ video/ design), media player, gaming, general browsing
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
PARTS PREFERENCES: space constrained so can't get full tower case, and 24" monitor is as wide as I can fit in at the moment. otherwise no real preferences
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe in future
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200
It's pretty easy to pick good parts with a budget like you have.
To address Bloodfrost comment, the 1156 platform would be enough for your usage and might cost a little less. The only advantage that the 1366 has it a better CPU upgrade path. The 6 and 8 core CPUs will only be available on the 1366 platform (as of now.) If you're into some serious production editing and graphics, I'd stick with the x58 mobo. But if this isn't pro grade stuff you're doing, the P55 is a viable option.
There are less expensive 1tb HDDs out there with better performance like the spinpoint F3 1tb. But it only comes with a 3yr warranty instead of the 5 like the cav blacks do.
Because you specified the used of adobe I will stay with the i7 920, more core available mean more simultaneous task. Just the case, it's more a gaming case not really silent, go for a p183 by antec and add more silent fan.
Thanks jive - the p183 case looks good. Would there be any other significant benefit to replacing the standard fans in this case (other than noise) - if not, I'll wait and see how it plays for a while out and only order them if they seem on the loud side.
Also think the COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 recommended by skora seems like a sensible switch so have added that to my basket.
admin123: yeah - am now looking at prices each day - will snap up anything if any big specials comes along. whatever is left to fill I'll order on black friday and am hoping for some crazy savings