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I built my own computer about 6 years ago, 2 years later threw it away and got a macbook and still am using the laptop. I have recently got into editing video and photos, mainly using photoshop lightroom, elements, cs5 and my laptop just can't handle it, I mean it can...but its slow and some times cant because of low ram error(3gb). I was planning on buying an Imac but the more I think about it, I'd like to build my own PC again. SO much has changed since i built my last one so Im here for help. My last one was water-cooled and Id like this one to be as well (rasa 750 rs360?), I Like the Cooler master HAF case, also would like a bluray burner and be able to hook up 2 monitors. Other than that Im at the mercy of you PC gods to help me build the rest of it for under $1500 if possible. If a monitor can be included for that price cool, if not I can save up to get that later and use my tv for now.

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If you have a micro center near you, you can instore pickup (no shipping) a i7 950 for $199.99. Linked here. That is a AMAZING price for the chip and it is exactly what you need for video editing, photoshop and the like. It has 4 physical cores w/ hyper-threading for a total of 8 cores and would eat up the programs you listed. It also has a huge window for overclocking. I had mine stable with HT on at 4.4ghz. Higher is definitely possible.

This motherboard is a excellent choice for the above chip. There may be better ones out there to suit your individual needs. But, it's a good all around motherboard.

As far as the case and watercooling, the ones you listed are as good as they come for the price. You could get a better case, and you could get better cooling but expect to pay ALOT more.

GL! The above gives you a great start to your build. Let me know if you need help with PSU, ram, video cards, or anything else.
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Processor: Intel 2600K quad-core w/ hyper threading -- $329

Motherboard: (Still not for sale due to Intel SATA controller issue. Due to start trickling back into public stores sometime in March/April) Expect to pay ~$200-$300 depending on features. ASUS P67-Pro gets a lot of praise. Though you'll honestly want to look at Gigabyte UD3/4, ASRock, BioStar, and MSI. All are good brands with reliability and good performance.

Memory: 8GB (2 x 4GB) G.Skill Ripjaws Cas 7 -- $104.99

Hard Drive 1: SSD -- Corsair P3 SATA III 64GB drive -- $164.99
Hard Drive 2: 1.5TB Western Digital Caviar Black WD1501FASS -- $99


Case: CoolerMaster Haf X -- $199

Total ~$1,196.98. + ~$150 for the RASA and you're at ~$1,350. Under budget which gives you some wiggle room on the parts I listed above as well as other peripherals if wanted/needed.
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Wow thanks for the quick responses guys, what about video card? I also wasn't sure wether to wait for the sandy bridge or not.

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As for the video card, that is going to be personal preference. I could suggest an ATi card, then someone will suggest a nvidia card. You can get a extremely good card from the ATi 69xx family or the nvidia 5xx family that will meet all your needs for around 350.
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So the above 1350$ setup wouldnt leave room for a 350$ graphics card...if it is necessary though, i can make it happen.
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You can get away with a ~200ish dollar card. The gtx560 cards are around $240 dollars right now.
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Thanks for the help PulkPull, 800w power supply would be ok?
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So the above 1350$ setup wouldnt leave room for a 350$ graphics card...if it is necessary though, i can make it happen.
You could also drop the SSD if you wanted to or get a cheaper SATA II SSD and shave ~$150 off the price.
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How much of a pain would it be to not get the SSD right off the bat, install windows onto the cavier black, then reinstall it on the SSD when i get it. Is Microsoft good about being able to re-enter a product key after its already been activated?
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