Need Advice on $1000 Home PC

Hi all, first-time poster, uber-noob, unwise techwise here. I have decided to change all that, though; I am going to learn by doing. (And also by asking a lot of stoopid questions!) I am seeking input and recommendations to building my own PC. Having read many (Ok, maybe 4 or 5) TH articles, and a few from other sites, I have put together a couple of options, which I would like to get advice/recommendations on. But first, just to prove that there is hope, that I can in fact follow directions, let me paste this and edit the italicaized examples to suit my needs:

BUDGET RANGE: $800-$1000 After Rebates (Without Monitor) $1000-$1250 (With Monitor)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Photo editing (CS4, Lightroom),surfing the internet, moderate gaming, light use of MS Office, kids' music files

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: All parts required; total build.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Will use to take advantage of 12 month no-interest

PARTS PREFERENCES: I would like to use an Intel core i5 750 socket 1156 P55 CPU, no preference on mobo (due mainly to ignorance), ditto on PSU and video card, 4GB RAM (no preference on brand, same reason), a 1TB HDD (Ditto on brand), running Windows 7 Pro (I think with 64 bit), one optical drive (no blu-ray), a 22-24" LCD monitor with really good color reproduction, and a mid-tower case.



ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I have looked at two options thus far; a DIY super-combo from Newegg, and a proposed machine that I put together based on my research so far, with all components from Newegg.
First, the proposed machine that I am considering putting together:
CPU: Intel Core i5 750 P55 DDR3 Lynnfield 2.66 GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-core Model #BX8060515750
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 P55 SATA 6 GB/s USB 3.0 ATX
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 4GB (2x2GB) 240 pin DDR3 1600
PSU: Corsair CUPSU-650TX 650W ATX 12V
Video Card: Gigabyte GV-R4850C-1GH Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256 bit GDDR3 (Which I see is now out of stock, dangit!)
Case: Coolermaster RC-690 KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Hard Drive: Samsung SpinpointF3 HD10355 1TB 7200 rpm 32MB cache SATA 3.0 Gb/s
Optical Drive: Lite-On Black 24x 2MB cache SATA Model iHAS 424-98
OS: Windows 7 Professional Upgrade
Keyboard/Mouse: Logitech Cordless Desktop Ex100
After all MIRB, I come up with a cost of $998.56.

Now, here is the DIY super-combo I am considering:
CPU: Intel Core i5 750 (Lynnfield) 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor (Model: BX80605I5750)
MoBo: ASUS Socket 1156 Intel P55 Express Chipset Micro ATX Motherboard (Model: P7P55-M)
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit (Model: F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1.5TB 7200RPM 32MB cache SATA II 3.5" Internal Hard Drive (Model: ST31500341AS) - OEM
PSU: OCZ StealthXStream 700Watt ATX12V/EPS12V SLI & CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply (Model: OCZ700SXS)
Case: NZXT LEXA S Series Black Steel Mid ATX Tower Case (Model: LEXS-001BK)
All for $577 after MIRB. When I add the components above that are not included in this combo, cost is $992.56

I am thinking about getting this ASUS VH236HL-P Black 23" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor w/height & swivel adjustment 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000 :1 Built in Speakers. I am open to other suggestions though. My current monitor is a 19" Viewsonic, which I have been very pleased with.

In comparing the two options I have presented in this thread, there seems to me to be very little difference, with the edge (in my totally unejumicated mind) going ever so slightly to the 1st build proposed (non-DIY). Costwise, it is a wash, (literally within $10 of each other) and the CPU and RAM are exactly the same. The big differences are the mobo and the PSU. I think both PSU's are solid, capable choices, but with a slight edge to the DIY with the 700W OCZ.
The big question in my mind is the mobo's: which of the two is best? There are a lot of bad reviews of the ASUS MoBo (in the DIY combo) in the Newegg reviews. Although I realize that most satisfied buyers don't do reviews, and those with a bad experience are more likely to post a review, this does concern me.
And is there anything else that I am not thinking of? Oooh!!! Speakers! I will get a reasonable set of 2.1 speakers.
This computer will be the primary computer in my home, and will be hard-wired to a Linksys router, provided by my internet provider, for my home network, which has a laptop, a netbook, and soon will have my old machine.

Thank you for any and all advice, comments, recommendations, and smart-*ss "Noob" remarks!!
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  1. A non 80+ certified OCZ model PSU and a 7200.11 1.5TB if u dun need does not sound like a super combo to me If you going Full HD LCD look at a GPU with far more firepower than a HD 4850
  2. batuchka said:
    A non 80+ certified OCZ model PSU and a 7200.11 1.5TB if u dun need does not sound like a super combo to me If you going Full HD LCD look at a GPU with far more firepower than a HD 4850

    Thank you for the prompt response, batuchka!
    So, the HD4850 will not give me good graphics resolution on this monitor? If not, then what would your recommendations be?
  3. Try to hit a HD 5830 or better ^^
  4. batuchka said:
    Try to hit a HD 5830 or better ^^

    I will check those out. Thanks!
    Anybody have any comments on the proposed systems?
  5. You are welcomed ^^
  6. Is anybody willing to help me? please tell me if the components I have selected are correct!! Am I missing anything?
    I am going to upgrade the graphics card, but other than that, what else? Thank you for any help!
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