All purpose PC, +/- $1000

Approximate Purchase Date: Ready to pull the trigger any time

Budget Range: Pretty flexible. Would love to stay under $1000 all-in.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Light gaming, some photo and video editing, watching stuff. A little of everything, general home usage.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Plan to use and their assembly service probably

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: No preference, willing to pay a little more $ for quality if you have suggestions.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: I don't have the need for the most powerful computer, but need it to look nice and last (will probably recycle it as a HTPC some time in the future. And I do like things to be snappy, if only to make my wife jealous that my computer is faster than hers...

Here is what I put together, based on the advice I've been reading here (all prices from yesterday at NCIX):

Silverstone Sugo SG02B-F Black SFF mATX Case 2X5.25 2X3.5INT No PS In Stock $74.76

Antec Earthwatts Green Series 380W ATX12V 80PLUS Bronze *No Pwr Cord* YES* $50.99

Asus P8H67-M LE REV3.0 mATX LGA1155 PCI-E16 PCI-E4 2PCI DVI HDMI VGA Sandy Bridge B3 Motherboard $107.41

Intel Core i5 2500 Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB In Stock $204.99

ASUS Radeon HD 5770 Cu Core 1Gb DDR5 PCI-E VGA DVI-I HDMI Video Card In Stock $124.99

ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black In Stock $27.99

OCZ Agility 3 60GB 2.5IN SATA3 Sandforce SF-2281 SSD Solid State Disk Flash Drive In Stock $122.25

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM In Stock $79.99

Mushkin Enhanced Silverline Stiletto 8GB 2X4GB PC3-10666 DDR3-1333 9-9-9-24 Dual Channel Memory Kit YES* $60.13

Will get Windows 7 OEM.

My questions are:

1. Will everything work together?
2. Does this case choice raise any concern about fitting everything in, or heat problems?
3. Is the 380W power supply big enough for it?
4. Is there a better graphics card, keeping in mind the case size? I usually play not the most demanding games - right now, Civ V and COD2MW - at 1280X800 and low/med settings on my 23" monitor, so I am looking for an improvement on that, particularly the resolution.

Thanks in advance for any help you can provide. I may save with an i3-2100 (recommended by striker410), but am thinking that the better processor may help me future-proof a little, which could be worth the price difference.

(Yes, I realize with Windows and assembly, I'm just over $1000, but close enough...)
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  1. the i5 2400 give 99% the performance of the i5 2500 so get it. get the samsung spinpoint f3 1tb hdd it's cheaper and faster. get a gtx 560 ti gpu it will fit. and get this psu- . get this mobo too-
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