APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE:About a month from now. < $1500
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, photo editing, internet
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS) keyboard, mouse, monitor speakers: already have those
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, US
PARTS PREFERENCES: none really
OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: NO
MONITOR RESOLUTION:1680 x 1060
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Will be using 2 HD's from my previous build. 320GB Seagate 7200.10 series - one for photo storage, another for games/photoshop and other apps. The new HD will be for OS, Antivirus, etc
My bad, made a quick edit and posted brief part descriptions. If i wanted to save money would you recommend going to the Ati 5770 over the 5830? I figured i'd get the 8gb of RAM to help with photosphop and also if i am correct, the games i mostly play (mmorpg's), are RAM hogs as well? didnt mention this in orginal post.
I will look into a GB or Asus board. REgarding the PSU, i'll look at the 650w Corsair- a mid point between what i originally selected and the 550w.
At your resolution, the 5770 should be fine for the time being.
If you do a lot of photoshop, 8 GB will be worthwhile. There's an instinctive reaction around here to instantly tell everyone to scale back to 4 GB, since most of the builds posted are solely gaming builds, which don't benefit from more than 4 GB currently.
Hard Drive : Suggest Seagate 7200.12 or Samsung F3
Significant OC's will require 3rd party HS
For performance and ease of installation, the Prolimatech Megahalems fits both criteria. Mega w/ IC Diamond TIM and twin Scythe PWMfans ($65 for the HS, $7 for TIM, $11 each for two PWM fans and $7 for a Y cable splitter).