I am now retired and considering the following system primarily for consumer digital photo and video editing hobby using Adobe Photoshop Elements and cyberlink's Power Director and the like. Budget is approx $1 000. No O/C though some limited gaming is possible. Are the following compatable?

M/B Gigabyte GA 890GPA UD3H ($140)

RAM - 8 GB DDR3 1333 (2 X 4 GB) Mushkin Silverline ($70) (given the virtual identical price of 1333 and 1600 Ram, retailer appears to be focusing on 1600 RAM in Mushkin line) - Is there merit in using 1600 Ram

CPU - Phenom 11 X4 955 BE ($135)

DVD (not Blu-Ray) - Sony (Sata) ($15)

H/D - WD Caviar Black 1 TB ($90)

Above order placed but being held for back order on DVD/Memory. Changes can be made for another week or so. Above totals $450 including delivery but before tax.

The following remain TBD but suggestions would be very much appreciated.
PSU - thinking of ANTEC 550/600 watts or possibly integrated unit

Case - again Antec - any suggestions for mid-tower possibly Sonata Plus 550 w/PSU or one of their gaming cases (better air flow)

Video - 512 MB to 1 GB - prefer ATI (or licensee i.e Sapphire etc) and suggestions as to what would fit the space on the MB. MB has 256 MG integrated.

Monitor - looking at LG 2442PA-BF
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  1. for a photo and light video editing system based on your parts and budget.. i'd go with this:
    - Antec Sonata III /w 500w Antec PSU: $100
    - Gigabyte GA-880GMA-UD2H: $105 -> you can save $35 with this board.. still has the sata6/usb3. the board you selected has the capability of going 2 x video cards in sli/crossfire... something you don't need
    - Phenom II X4 965 BE 3.4GHz: $165 -> with the money you saved on the motherboard.. and also since you're not overclocking... you may as well get the faster CPU @ 3.4ghz
    - G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3 1333 8GB (2x4GB): $88 -> (your RAM link was for a 4gb kit)
    - Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit: $110
    - Sony DVDRW drive: $20
    - Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200rpm 64mb cache sata3: $90
    - Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5750 1GB /w Eyefinity: $120 -> great value here... you'll be able to connect up to 3 x monitors at a time (great for video editing + multi-tasking) and even casually game on it too

    total: $798

    that leaves you enough money for a good 1920x1080 monitor... go with an ASUS brand at around 23"-24"
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