I wouldn't need 8GB of RAM? Even if I am either doing lots of video editing or playing graphics intense games?
And the real reason I had chosen the Coolermax was because it was significantly cheaper. I'm trying to keep it as far down as possible. What would be a good wattage to use for this system, anyway? I was just making a guess at 700.
Lots of video editing might justify it, but 4 should do the job nicely. Gaming doesn't need 4 and won't need 4 anytime soon.
A 500-600W PSU will be more than needed.
For gaming, an intel i5-750 is plenty, for photo editing it will do as well.
However, you put an uberweak GPU in a system with very powerful other parts. Use the money saved in the above steps to get a better graphics card, a 5850 would be great. A fast CPU and big RAM memory mean nothing when they're not paired with a good GPU, especially in gaming where the GPU is by far the most important component.
also, the 5850 is VERY expensive. the ones I saw on newegg were $300. that poses a problem for my budget, especially because i still have yet to get a monitor (also, I am coming from an old system, with a gForce 7600 in it, so pretty much anything will be an improvement)
Yes, it's highly expensive. That's why I'd recommend to cut on parts that are stronger than needed (CPU, PSU) to get some budget set free. If a 5850 is out of reach, you can always go for a 5770 rather than a 5750, that's not that much of a price increase. Later on, when more budget becomes available, you can add another 5770 in crossfire for a nice performance boost.
While games are important to me, I really am looking forward to having the hyperthreading technology with the i7 instead of the i5 (I did quite a bit of research whilest deciding). Being a student, I often have multiple programs open at once, many of them very processor and memory intensive. I think that I will take off the second set of RAM, and if I need it later on, I can always get more. Even the 5770 seems a bit pricey, but I might go with it, now that I have switched from a motherboard with usb 3.0 to a cheaper on without, and dropped the second memory set. I still need to get a good monitory, otherwise my new gpu wont do me any good, so it mostly depends on that.