Umm, I would say 60% gaming, 40% photoshop/movie editing. Gaming is mostly RPG based, not FPS or anything like that. (Dragon Age, World of Warcraft, Runes of Magic, and some new blizzard games that are coming out basically).
Hard Drives - Check out the performance charts and pick whatever 500 GB per platter drive performs best under your usage patterns. The 2 TB WD Black and XT from Seagate are good choice but at smaller capacities, you are limited to the Seagate 7200.12 or the Spinpoint F3. The 7200.12 excels in gaming, multimedia and pictures whereas the F3 wins at music and movie maker. See the comparisons here (copy past link in manually, link won't work in forum):
You could go cheaper still w/ say P55 based board, smaller PSU, smaller case or Gigabyte alternative but that would limit your upgrade options....especially with respect to Xfire bigger cases and PSU's allow the power and cooling necessary and the Gibabyte boards cripple USB 3 and SATA III with Xfire.
Personally, I 'd like a $1500 budget a lot better as it allows a 5850 or 470.
Or you could go I7 860 and a HD 5850 ( this would be a good balanced system )
Sony Optiarc DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model AD-7241S-0B LightScribe Support - OEM
Item #: N82E16827118032
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty Plan
The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge(more info)
• 1 year: $6.99
• 2 year: $11.99
Ok, what do you think about this? Note: Assassin's Creed II is actually free come with CPU and MB combo, not sure why it didn't take that in account in this picture but in my cart, it show $0.00 *shrug*