$1,400 Gaming/Photo-Editing Build

Hello everyone. So a little background for those of you so inclined: I've been using a computer powered by a Core 2 Quad Q6600 (at stock speed) with 4 Gigs of RAM, and a GeForce 8800GT since December of 2007, so I'm itching to build a new system. I really want(ed) to wait for Ivy Bridge and to see what kind of performance Nvidia's Kepler cards have to offer, but I realize that there's always something new just over the horizon, so I won't let myself be stuck into that waiting game. However, at this point, the game I'm most looking forward to playing on my new system is Diablo III. If Diablo III is released after Ivy Bridge, I plan to wait, if not, I'm buying as soon as I've heard a release date.

Thanks for all your time and help!

Approximate Purchase Date: 3/16 or sometime in May

Budget Range: $1400-$1600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Photo/Video Editing, Movies, Etc.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Always used Newegg, but open to others

Country: U.S.

Parts Preferences: I've decided to stick with Intel

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200 (with the possibility of purchasing a second monitor by Summer)

Additional Comments: I plan to use my current Samsung SyncMaster 226BW initially. But I'll be purchasing an HP LP2475w within a couple of weeks after building. I would love to have an SSD boot drive for at least the OS.

[edit] My bad, let me add a link to the parts I currently am mulling (in case I do purchase this week): My Build
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  1. Here's my suggestions:

    Part list permalink / Part price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Scythe SCMG-3000 74.2 CFM CPU Cooler ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($194.99 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($36.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($129.99 @ Amazon)
    Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($179.00 @ Mac Connection)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($160.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG GH22NS90B DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1437.89
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated 2012-03-11 15:33 EDT-0400)

    I was going to go with the 2600k and 1600 ddr3 8gb, but it would've put you over about 300.
  2. Ivy Bridge got delayed to April 30th. Since you're purchasing in May, you'll be fine. Although I would wait at least till summer so that any bugs will be ironed out.
  3. IB actually got delayed to June.
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