System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photo editing, light gaming
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, open to any however
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: none
SLI or Crossfire: maybe in the future
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200
Additional Comments: Building for sister-in-law who will be doing professional photography, so I'm going to be looking into setting it up for RAID 1, so advice on software vs hardware RAID would be helpful
Also, looking for 2 monitors for editing, cost of monitors is separate from the 1000 for computer but should be under 200 each if possible
Most importantly you want an IPS type of monitor rather than TN panel. I personally recommend the new LG IPS226V-PN for a good 22" monitor. The Dell U2311H (or the smaller U2211H) is an older, yet GREAT monitor that comes HIGHLY recommended that is said to have better color reproduction but it costs more. The LG monitor is newer with LED backlighting, thinner, and has HDMI input for $200.
Hands down you want hardware RAID, but luckily many newer motherboards have this capability (RAID 0,1,5,10) for small setups so you do not need additional PCI RAID cards. Software RAID is a bad idea for photo editing - you need your CPU resources for editing.
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Best would be to skip the RAID1 and just use 1HDD for OS + Programs and 1HDD for storage of photos. OR If your budget allows you to spend another $65, then get 3 drives to allow a C: drive and an additional RAID1 for storage. Good article on RAID is here: http://forums.adobe.com/thread/525263