Need Advice on New Gaming/Photo Editing Build

I've been out of the build game for 6-7 years, and am hoping to get some advice from some knowledgable people here!I've been an AMD fan since day one. I build my last computer around the Athlon XP 3200+. It's been great, but its time to move on to better technology.

As far as gaming goes it will be used to mostly play WoW, SC2, and some FPS. Would like to be able to play and enjoy the games on higher settings. I'm an amateur photographer and will use it to edit my photographs as well. I use a lot of free programs now (Photofiltre), but possibly looking into adding some adobe products in the near future.

I guess I'm looking for advice on what components work well together. The technology has changed so much, since my last build that I'm not sure what works well together. Also, any reccomendations on where I could save money would be great too.

Approximate Purchase Date: 2-3 months

Budget Range: 600-850 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Some Photo Editing, Music, Surfing

Parts Not Required: Monitor, Mouse, Keyboard,

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg is where I purchased everything for my last build.

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: AMD, Asus, EVGA (Not sure on GPU manufacture, have always used EVGA in the past and never had a problem, but there are far more cardmakers in the game now than there were 6-7 years ago

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Unsure

Monitor Resolution: HP 2007w 1680 x 1050

Additional Comments: Would like something last build had an aftermarket HSF and it sounded like a 747 taking off. Also, something that will be sufficient for future applications/games

I've been doing quite a bit of reading lately on specific components...and here is what I threw together, minus a case because the options are well...overwhelming.

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX

ASUS M4A87TD EVO AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

EVGA 012-P3-1470-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

LITE-ON Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-04 - OEM

Thanks much,

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  1. *Bump*
  2. If you are building in 2-3 months you are better off just waiting until you are closer to build date. Start looking around and getting ideas as to what direction you want to go now but trying to put pieces together is premature as you never know what prices, deals, and new tech will hit in a quarter year on the PC market.

    I researched from Sept and finally bought my build today. The amount of times I changed my parts and build without even nudging my budget up or down is crazy. Get a general idea of what you want to do and adjust it as you wait until you can build would be my advice.
  3. If you're building in 2-3 months just wait for bulldozer (Q2 2011).
  4. I guess...I was looking for more info on what components work well together for the games/applications I would be using the comp for. Mainly the components listed in the mock build I listed in my first post.

    Will components really be that different in 2 months time?

    Also, has there been any price point speculation on Bulldozer? Sounds like it may not fit someones 600-800 dollar budget??

    Thanks again,

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