SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (WoW, SC2, Diablo 3, Light Photoshop, General Internet)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com / open to suggestions
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S.A.
PARTS PREFERENCES: Thinking AMD but open.
OVERCLOCKING: No immediate plans
CROSSFIRE: No immediate plans
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024? higher the better
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Right now I'm just playing WoW on a Macbook (and lagging like crazy). But I will most likely want to play SC2/Diablo 3 when they come out. Would like to somewhat "future proof" the machine if possible. Might switch to dual monitors down the road. This will be my first build and my first time picking parts, so I am open to suggestions for a cheaper alternatives that accomplish the same things
Or just wait 9 months for the next gen SSDs that are supposedly going to be faster and cheaper.
And of course niklas is right and you only need 4GB of RAM... unless your definition of "light Photoshop" is different than mine.
On the monitor, niklas has a good budget choice there. However, a newer design LED backlight type will give you better color and consistency in your PS work... I own the non-LED version of this monitor and it's pretty fantastic in gaming. The LED version will only be better: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...