still open to the cpu cooler and motherboard and open to any other suggestions
Approximate Purchase Date: Preferably in the next month or so.
Budget Range: around $2500
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photo editing (currently using PS CS4, plan to upgrade to CS5 or CS6. Plan on LR4 as well), some light video editing (cutting home videos of the kids), web, MS office, etc. Some gaming.
Parts Not Required: Monitor, keyboard, mouse
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No preference, other than just sticking with reputable dealers
Parts Preferences: No preference.
Overclocking: Most likely
SLI or Crossfire: probably depending on the recommendations
Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024. will upgrade though
Agree with TheBigTroll and his list. Once caveat though. If you want the HAF-X, definitely get it as you'v got heaps of room in your budget for it and it is worth the $200. Maybe even replace the stock fans with LED Megaflows and some LED strips if you have more cash and a desire to make it look awesome. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Huh, Newegg doesn't have Bitfenix Alchemy LED strips, go figure.