My budget is $675 with a $130 monitor. So my system budget is around $550
What about an AMD FX-4170 http://pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-fd4170frgubox
That CPU would max out the motherboard's Max TDP. I wouldnt be doing any overclocking with that CPU, should I get a aftermarket CPU fan? For a Hard Drive I need something cheep and 7200 rpm with over 100 gb.
With a FX the total price without a monitor would be $555
I think the sapphire is slightly overkill, My current system (specs below) is bottle necked on the ram when doing photo editing.
AMD Athlonx64 3400+
1GB DDR ram
onboard 64mb video card
Windows XP x32