Approximate Purchase Date: This month or soon-ish (will be watching newegg et al for sales)
Budget Range: ~$700 after rebates (total build budget ~$1000, keeping a bit in the bank for SSD, etc)
Preferred Website for Parts: newegg.com
Location: Indianapolis, US
My Experience: First solo build, but I built my current system with assistance from a hobbyist roommate several years ago and I've made a couple simple upgrades on my own. I don't know much, but I know to know where to look if I need help.
Reason for Upgrade: Parts are getting old and tired, especially GPU. Time for a refresh.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (eg Steam games, Elder Scrolls, Dawn of War, Civ), Internet/Office, Some photo work. Would like capability for adding work software down the road (Matlab mainly)
Overclocking: Never done it before, but probably some minor OC if I can figure it out
SLI or Crossfire: Not at the moment, but possible down the road
Additional Details: Preference towards cool and quiet, but no deal breakers. Price/reliability/performance more important.
I've stressed out the most about the MB pick, so if you only give advice on one thing, make it that.
Mainly, do you see any problems with this build? Is there anything you would suggest be swapped out for something better/cheaper? My budget is flexible if there's a compelling reason to bump it up a little for big gains otherwise.
Also, which PSU should I go with between the two I have available? (Or should it go on the "To be upgraded" list?)