WoW Cataclysm/ CS5 $700 build - UPDATED

Approximate Purchase Date: This weekend (I will be out of town for four days and would like to come home to new parts)

Budget Range: $700ish after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: CS5 with video editing, WoW Cataclysm on max settings with high frame rates during raids, Star Wars: The Old Republic MMO later this year

Parts Not Required: HDDs (have SSDs), mouse, keyboard, monitor (22" Samsung Syncmaster), speakers, case (have Antec tower circa 2003 housing my current build that I plan on reusing, though the 420w PSU will need updating)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon Prime (no access to Microcenter)

Country of Origin: U.S.A.

Parts Preferences: No preference, best bang for buck and future upgradability

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200 (WoW at 1280x768, currently)

Additional Comments:

Currently Considering:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T ($199)
Motherboard: Unknown
GPU: EVGA GTX 560 Ti ($249)
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaw Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) ($85)
PSU: Unknown

New Questions:

1) For my needs, is there any hugely compelling reason to wait and go Sandy Bridge instead of 1090T?
2) Thoughts on a motherboard?
3) Considering my needs, is the GTX 560 Ti a good choice for video now, with the thought of adding a second one to SLI later, OR should I get something less beefy to SLI later?
4) How large of a PSU do I need if I SLI down the road?
5) Is there a better configuration of RAM for now than G.Skill 2 x 4GB if I'm looking to go 12GB+ later for video rendering?
6) Is the reason people are recommending the EVGA GTX 560 Ti over other cheaper brands with similar specs because of the EVGA warranty?
7) Will I be bottlenecking anywhere? Am I good to go for another 2 years or so?
8) I'm willing to go over budget if needed as I seem to be creeping that way already, $700ish is just an estimate
9) This is my first major rebuild in at least 4 years; I like to upgrade small bits at a time to keep up with software progression as opposed to starting from scratch every 18 months. My current primary build is as follows:

-AMD Athlon 64 3500+ Winchester 2.2GHz Socket 939
-ATI Radeon X850PRO 256MB 256-bit GDDR3
-3gigs PC 3200 RAM
-Antec tower w/ 430W PSU
-Windows XP Pro SP3

Thanks in advance guys!
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  1. Well, about the sandy bridge part. I would definitely wait, in fact, you might not really have to wait at all if you have a lot of free time until Saturday. There have been a few brands bringing out p67s and h67s every day for the past 3 including MSI. I picked up an MSI P67A GD55 last night just incase Asus didnt come out until April but I have a feeling that most of the mobos will be showing up in limited quantities within the next week or even few days at the rate this is going. You could pick up the biostar one that is up now but i really wouldnt recommend to although it isnt a terrible product.
  2. Frankly i'd agree with sitdown. The advantages to SB are just too large not to wait for a week to a month or so for your upgrade.
  3. Hmm i am assuming since u gonna hit discrete for games anyway might as well leverage on CUDA/Mercury Playback Engine for Premiere Pro hehe

    A case for GPU computing: Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 and the Mercury Playback Engine
    This project consists of compressed 640×480 video footage. These small video files were being eaten alive by the massive 1090T hexa-core processor and 8GB of RAM. Premiere Pro CS5′s increased performance with multi-core systems coupled with bleeding fast hardware will make fast work of any simple projects such as this, not giving the GPU enough work to really make a difference. These results do suggest that if you’re editing small-time video footage, you will not benefit much from using Mercury Playback.

    So if Microcenter is an option

    1090T + MSI 870A-G54 $240

    Parts from Egg $475

    $715 but i really suggest a new case if your old one is full of cobwebs/dusty hehe
  4. Updated with an initial parts list and some new questions...thanks!
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