Budget Range: 1,000 – 1,200 Before / After Rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photoshop, Media Storage/streaming encoding, surfing the internet, gaming, DVR/PVR functionality
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, Tiger Direct, suggestions
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: None
Overclocking: No / Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: No / Maybe
Monitor Resolution: Best for editing pictures. Current choice is 1920x1080
Additional Comments: Want to build a Desktop PC that will double as a media server. Is this possible?
The desktop will be mainly for Photoshop, web browsing, light gaming, running Media Browser/XBMC/Windows Media Center.
(And I would like to get into some DVR/PVR at some point. I have Direct TV now, so suggestions on that end would be helpful.)
I hope to follow this up with building at least 2 more HD HTPCs.
if you are not going to get the i5-2500K cpu, then save yourself some money and get a i5-2400 and a H67/H61 MB. this will be plenty powerful to do what you need it to and is better than the AMD processor.
if you have it in your budget I would get at least HD 6770/5770 or GTX 460 for a GPU if you plan on playing any type of game at 1080p. if you do any first person shooters you should get a HD 6850/70 or GTX 560.