Help me to build my PC

I am going to build my new PC. My major focus of activities will be - usual office applications, 2D-3D graphics designing, adobe applications, simulation applications (MATLab/MathCad), creating flash animation, video editing, simple video making, learning sound editing applications, watching HD movie, little bit of gaming etc.

My budget is around $800-$900.

Components included:
Processor (Intel 2nd Gen core i5)
Motherboard (anything excluding Intel, <$160)
RAM (will DDR3 4 GB do?)
Graphics Card (<$125)
Monitor (>20", <$180)
Sound card (Creative Audigy Value will do?)

Please help me by suggesting appropriate component brand+models.
If you think the budget/specification is not enough, u can suggest me.....i might increase my budget a little further.

Thanx in advance.
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  1. This was my latest build.

    GIGABYTE GA-Z68MX-UD2H-B3 Intel Z68 Motherboard - Micro ATX, Socket H2 (LGA 1155), Intel Z68 Chipset, 2133MHz DDR3, SATA 6.0 Gb/s, RAID, 7.1-CH Audio, Gigabit LAN, SuperSpeed USB 3.0, CrossFireX/SLI (G452-0143)


    Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B Vengeance Desktop Memory Kit - 8GB (2x 4GB), PC3-12800, DDR3-1600MHz, 9-9-9-24 CAS Latency, Intel XMP Ready, Unbuffered (C13-5720)


    Seagate ST31000524AS Barracuda Hard Drive - 1TB, SATA 6Gbps, 7200 RPM, 32MB (TSD-1000AS5)


    Sony Optiarc AD-7260S-0B 24x DVDRW Drive - 24x, S-ATA, Black, OEM (O451-1017 OEM)


    Cooler Master RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Advanced ATX Mid-Tower Case - ATX, 7+1 Expansion Slots, USB 2.0, Front blue LED fan w/ SSD adapter & built-in hard drive dock. "Awarded 10/10 by" (C283-2064)


    Intel Core i5-2500 BX80623I52500 Processor - Quad Core, 6MB L3 Cache, 1MB L2 Cache, 3.30 GHz (3.70 GHz Max Turbo), Socket H2 (LGA1155), 95W, Fan, Retail (I69-2500)


    Gigabyte GV-R685OC-1GD Radeon HD 6850 Video Card - 1GB, GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.1, OC, DVI, HDMI, DirectX 11 (G452-6850)


    OCZ ModXStream Pro Power Supply - 500-Watt, Modular, Dual +12V Rails, SATA, 80Plus (O261-2016)


    Total $869.92
  2. You can get away with just four gigs of ram to get you started. I think that you can find a better deal on a monitor, I just picked up a 23" for about $139.00 If you get this gigabyte board it has built in 7.1 surround sound. The board also has a pretty good integrated video card with both VGA and DVI connections if you just want to get it built and save some money.
  3. Onboard sound is getting much better. You can save a little more by skipping the sound card.
  4. Unless you need special surround effects processing and/or you have really really really high end speakers/headphones, you don't need a sound-card.
  5. ^+1 on the sound card stuff.
    I think 8gb of RAM is justified if you're doing media work. It's only $20 or $30 more. I recommend Ripjaws - cheap and reliable.
    Also, I think the case that iwillfix suggested is too expensive. You can save another few dollars there, making about $30 extra after eating the price of the extra RAM with the sound card money.
    It's gotta be a 2500K, not a 2500. Free performance.
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