Approximate Purchase Date: Q1 2011 (after prices settle and my recommendations are firm)
Budget Range: $750-$1100 before rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photo editing (Photoshop CS5, Lightroom 3), printing, internet surfing, text editing, home networking, video editing. Gaming is a low priority.
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, OS (WIN 7 Ultimate x64)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com, Amazon.com, others?
Country of Origin: US only preferred
Parts Preferences: It sounds like Intel/Nvidia only for CUDA on the GTX 460
SLI or Crossfire: Not now
Monitor Resolution: Monitor selection seems to be pretty firm = ASUS VH242H
Additional Comments: This is going to be my only workhorse PC that I'll use mainly as my photo-editing machine, as well as for internet/email, office work, and light video editing. No RAID planned for now, but I'm considering a RAID 1 just for backups...which most of these mobos seem to do if they do RAID at all. I've really set my intentions on having this running dependably in 6 years, as my current PC has been upgraded since 2003 and is only now starting to disappoint. So I intend to have the maximum "upgradeability" as I can and this is the main reason I'm looking at the 1155 socket w/ i5 2500K vs. 1156 w/ i7 9X0. The northbridge chipset functionality is also a big factor for me - albeit, it is hard to rationalize the price/benefit of each.
So, as you can see I'm a little over budget with the CPU/Mobo here, but USB 3.0 and Sata 6 are a must. Beyond that I also need to keep the option to crossfire and add a TV Tuner card later on to make this my HTPC. I appreciate any advice on components that come higher recommended that would also lower my total cost - especially with the CPU/Mobo.