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New Build $1,300 - $1,500; Gaming & Photography, Need Opinions

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February 8, 2012 11:42:36 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: next 30 days
Budget Range: Between $1,300 and $1,500
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming & Photography (Photoshop, CS4)
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com
Country: US
Parts Preferences: Intel
Overclocking: Yes, Light
SLI or Crossfire: Would Like Option
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: Don't need 'bling', just function

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti - 448 Cores 1.25GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS424-98 DVD/CD Writer
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor: Asus Vs247H 23.0" Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit)
February 8, 2012 11:50:17 PM

I don't think SLI will be necessary on a single monitor, I'd drop the PSU down to around 550W and possibly get a slightly cheaper motherboard and hard drive. You may be able to free enough funds to go for an HD 7950.
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February 8, 2012 11:52:07 PM

Thanks. Been going back and forth on SLI, but I think the key point is I don't need it now and probably won't in the near future. Appreciate the feedback.
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