I think that this system wouldnt be terrible. But I would strongly urge you to consider a Phenom II 965 for 25 dollars more for the CPU. Essentially, you're getting double the processor for that much more. The Callisto Phenom II is only 2 cores, the 965 Deneb is 4. The 2 extra cores will make a big difference in your photoshopping, as well as multitasking and SOME games.
But if the CPU upgrade puts you too much over the top like I said you can add more later. But I will tell you in Windows7 its pretty easy to max out 4GB. When this happens your system will start using the hard drive's "virtual memory" which will slow performance down.
Do make sure you have Windows7. OR at the very least Vista. XP will severely limit your performance. You will still be under 600 bucks, which for a modern gaming system, isn't bad at all. Although Windows7 64-bit OEM runs about 100 bucks.
Thanks for all the info! I think I'm going to have to go with the processor you showed me, the Antec PSU, and the hard drive. I think I'm going to add another 4gigs of RAM later on though because I'm kind of on a budget right now. Also, I was already planning to get windows 7 because MX Simulator has major problems with Vista for some reason.
Thanks a lot,
Everything has problems with Windows Vista. It was a miserable op system, but even for all of that it doesn't have some of the limitations XP has for a modern system. I mentioned it only because I have seen some guys on tight budgets think they will keep using XP. XP was great, but its usefulness is gone.
I completely agree, my brother's desktop has vista it and it seemed to have more problems than XP ever has for me, but that's why Windows 7 is basically the way to go. I honestly don't mind paying another 100$ for something I know will work great and won't become outdated too soon.
edit: I forgot to ask, will my system support 64 bit windows 7? I'm really new to PC's so I wasn't sure.
Yes, it will support Windows7 64 bit, and that is absolutely the one you want.. Thats why I suggested not using XP in the first place, they are 32 bit, and while there is a 64 bit version, its glitchy as hell, and likewise discontinued.
BTW, you should be aware that Windows8 is set to be coming out there year, but Microsoft will continue support for 7 until 2015, and possibly even beyond that. So theres no reason to run out and buy 8.