First, I just wanted to say this is a really great forum. I have enjoyed reading the different threads and I think I am ready to start my first build.
Approximate Purchase Date: next few weeks
Budget Range: $1000-1100 after Rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photoshop, Gaming (crysis 2, dragon age, Deux ex human rev...etc), HTPC.
Parts Not Required: Monitor (1080p samsung plasma), Speaker, OS, mouse, keyboard, 1tb external HD
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon preferably (I get free shipping), or if you know of someplace cheaper. Newegg tends to be more expensive because they charge tax and shipping (I live in California).
Country of Origin:US
Parts Preferences: no preference
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe down the line
Additional Comments: Well, its my first build, so part compatibility/reliability is a priority (anything that will make my first build easier). I do want to use a SSD as my primary hd, with my external for my larger files, but I am open to anything. Basically, I am not tied to any of these parts, if something looks wrong, or incorrect, please feel free to add any input. I really can use all the help I can get. I really appreciate the help, thanks in advanced!
Also I am not sure the 2gb version of that gpu is worth the extra $40 over the 1gb version. You should check out some benchmarks.
Edit: I reread your post, some of the stuff I suggested doesn't apply since you want to oc and you are using an external hd.
Thanks for the reply. I would like to have the USB 3.0 for my external, like you mentioned, so I don't mind dropping a little more (otherwise is this a pretty good Mobo?). I was reading that the 2gb Radeon can be overclocked to become a 6970, which I'm hoping will provide a little more value. In your opinion, how does my compatibility look with my parts?