New build advice - current PC dying (clean and easy to read post)

Approximate Purchase Date: Variable. This week if it's a good time to buy, otherwise I might wait if doing so would be beneficial. My harddrive on my 4-year old vista PC is dying, so I've already bought the HDD (for $100).

Budget Range: $500 or less (including purchasing Windows 7 Home Premium).

System Usage from Most to Least Important: HDTV Recording and play back, Photo editing, Gaming (mostly strategy games like Anno 1404), Programming, Office, internet.

Parts Not Required:
1) Keyboard, mouse, monitors, speakers
2) HDD (Seagate 7200.12 1TB [ST31000524AS])
3) GPU (2 year old HIS HD 4870 IceQ 4+ Turbo 512MB)
4) PSU (2 year old Corsair VX550W - 550 watts 41A 12v rail)
5) WinTV-HVR-1600 PCI card
6) External USB DVD/RW Drive. Could I use this instead of buying an internal one? i.e. can the BIOS/UEFI (and/or OS) boot to the drive? I'm planning on giving away my old PC (putting the original PSU and GPU back in it) so I won't have the internal drive to reuse. I believe this is the one I have: Sony DRX-820UL/T)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any reputable site

Country: USA

Parts Preferences:
2) UEFI Motherboard to make 3TB+ drives easy to use in the future, unless this is expensive to have now
3) Prefer case large enough for easy upgrades (i.e. 2nd harddrive, 2nd tv tuner card, etc).

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050 (main), 1920x1080 (occasionally use TV)

Additional Comments: This is the first whole computer I would be putting together, so nothing too complicated. I try to stretch getting a new PC every 4-5 years.
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  1. Processor:
    Case: Well idk if you like Cases with lights but
    Or like i have
    Optical drive:
    I use that Drive in my build and it works fine and is pretty fast!. If you like Blu-ray then maybe somone will post a link to one. I dont know much about Blu ray drives yet.
    Motherboard: As you can see im not much of a Intel person, I can't make a reccomend on what motherboard to get. However i don't reccomend playing it Cheap. Just make sure its a 1155 socket. I recommend ASUS or EVGA Then i would look at ASRock then Gigabyte. but ASUS first
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