2nd build ~$1000

Approximate Purchase Date: within 1 month
Budget Range: $900-1100
System Usage from Most to Least Important: HD video editing/ color grading, gaming, movies
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, dvd drive, hard disks ( I have about 600gb of 3.0 gb/s sata that I will format for my new system)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg
Country: United States
Parts Preferences: As long as it works well
Overclocking: Probably
SLI or Crossfire: Probably not ( I was going to SLI on my previous system and never ended up doing it)
Monitor Resolution: 1280 x 1024

Here's my build so far:

ASUS HD7850-DC2-2GD5 Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

ASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000

G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler

OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Current total: $1000

My question is: Should I wait for ivy bridge? Also, how important is the ssd? Thanks!

I built my first system in 2007, here it is:
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor BX80557E6600

G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400PHU2-2GBHZ

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive (Perpendicular Recording Technology) -\
($79.99 ea)

ZALMAN CNPS9500A-LED 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

AeroCool ZERODBA S620 620W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Modular Power Supply

ASUS P5N-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 640-P2-N821-AR GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0

1st build total: $1,324.84
(+ ~$500 for 2 monitors)

5 years later and I'm ready for an upgrade. The system above can barely play bf3 on all low settings.
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