New non-gaming build advice

i've been going back and forth trying to decide if i want to just buy a computer from either dell/ibuypower/cyberpowerpc or just build it myself. i don't know if its me or not but every system i spec out comes out to 1200+ which is too much for what i'm going to do with it IMO. So i'd thought id ask what would be recommended and just build it myself

Approximate Purchase Date: as soon as figure what to get

Budget Range: don't really have a budget...but less than a $1000 i guess

System Usage from Most to Least Important: surfing the internet, Graphic design programs (photoshop,illustrator,flexi-sign), DVR TV shows, itunes

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for or whoever is cheapest obviously

Country of Origin: usa

Parts Preferences: don't care as long as they are reliable

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe...don't know

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I run dual monitors so i don't know whats best for a setup...2 cards?? SLI or crossfir....or is that a waste for a non gamer
i'd like to run a ssd for a primary drive to run os and programs and a regular hdd for data as the 2nd. i think a 80g ssd would be good enough???
It needs a media/tv card
It will probably stay on 24/7...unless i can use to the quick boot times of a ssd :) ...itunes runs none stop in the background

can't think of anything else right now....thanks for any input
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  1. 1st Toms did dual/quad displays with the 780G chipset in 2008 here

    Toms dual/quad 780G display review,1785-5.html

    next fast forward today for non gamers/multi display and including bells/whistles of USA/SATA 3.0 :

    With the SATA 3 OCZ Vertex3 reviews just out i would also hold out for a 6GB/S Sandforce based SSD as well hehe
  2. interesting run duals right out of the MB, no GPU card? It won't pig out?
  3. Yep but remember - not for gaming hehe
  4. whats the big diff with the OCZ Vertex3 drive and this one?
  5. how does this look

    AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop

    ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBR

    hec X-Power Pro 600 600W Continuous @ 40°C ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply

    1)Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC064MAG-1G1 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    2)Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
  6. Though both SSDs are on SATA 6GB/S the Crucial's Marvell is no match for the OCZ V3 Sandforce controller hehe

    Also u are paying for 2 x PCIex16 @ 16/4 for that Asus 880G but if u looking for juicy thuban deals and if Microcenter is an option

    1090T + Gigabyte 880G $235
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