APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Hopefully today, if all goes well
BUDGET RANGE: 600-750$
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Photoshop, Movies, Homework
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Monitor, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, tigerdirect.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States
PARTS PREFERENCES: I don't know enough to know the good and bad brands, any insight is more than welcome.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Last computer died, which was a hybrid of store bought + upgraded parts. I heard store bought computers have a tendency to die pretty shortly after the warranties finish, so I wanted to make my own this time.. plus it is cheaper. I haven't built a computer before, but my friend who has is more than willing to help. Like the title says, the biggest trouble I am having is sorting through all the options and the brands and knowing which is best. I haven't decided on a single part yet, so unfortunately, I have none to post here.. Thanks in advance for any help!
SLI isn't a big deal to me, if I had more to spend, maybe, but my budget is always fairly limited, so I don't think I'll have spare cash any time soon for another GTX 460. Aside from that, does the rest look fine?
A few days later, I finally decided to go with something very close to batuchka's build, just changed the case and ram. Thanks to anyone who gave input, I gave every post a thumbs up because each post helped! Definitely a big fan of Tom's Hardware now