$1000 Gaming/Photo Editing Build

This will be my first build, after much research and lurking on these forums this is what I have in mind. Let me know how it looks, opinions, tips, etc. Thanks in advance.

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: $1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Photoshop, Internet, General home office tasks

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: United States

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

This is what I have planned:

Antec 302 Case - 69.99

Intel i5 2500K - 229.99

Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UDS Motherboard - 154.99

Seagate 500gb HDD - 84.99

Sapphire Radeon HD 6770 - 99.99

Antec BP550 Power Supply - 69.99

G.Skill 8GB RAM - 41.99

Cooler Master Hyper 212+ - 29.99

Liteon DVD Burner - 17.99

Acer 21.5" LED Monitor - 129.99

Gigabyte GM-M6900 Mouse - 19.99

Lite-On Keyboard - 7.99

Total = $957.88

Thanks for any help/advice,

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  1. Ways to save money:

    Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm ...
    Model #:CHALLENGER Item #:N82E16811147153 $55

    Mobo: ASRock Z68M/USB3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard Model #:Z68M/USB3 Item #:N82E16813157270 $85

    Ram: If 4gb: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBXL
    Model #:F3-10666CL9D-4GBXL Item #:N82E16820231425 $27. If 8gb then mid $40 range

    Video: Here's where you need to make a decision. If you want good gaming peformance you need to get to the 6850 or 6870 Here is one example of a 6850 for $150: SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
    Model #:100315L Item #:N82E16814102908.
  2. A better PSU:
    XFX Pro 550W Core Edition 80Plus Bronze $70 ($25 rebate)

    If it has to be modular:
    OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W 80Plus Modular $70 ($25 rebate)
    However the cables are a bit short at 45cm on the main cables.
  3. Best answer
    My suggestion as far as Graphics is if you don't want to spend any more money, go with the 6790, which is only $130 but if you want better performance in games, as said before, go with the 6850 or 6870.
  4. Best answer selected by jasonah.
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