This is my first time building a computer and I was wondering if I can have any suggestions as to improve my tower. I have a budget of about $1000. I plan to use this tower for casual gaming, design (Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash...), and a slight bit of 3D modeling and video editing. In the future, I am planning to upgrade my RAM to 8Gb. I also do not want to SLI my video card (I heard you cannot duel-mon, which I find useful when designing). Here are my current specs:
Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3L or ASUS P5K SE
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0GHz
BFG GeForce 8800GTS 650MHZ 512MB 1.94GHZ
OCZ Reaper Hpc Edition PC2-8500 DDR2 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-1066 CL5-5-5-15
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 3.5IN
LG G-H20NS10 Black DVD+RW 20X8X16
OCZ StealthXStream 600W or Corsair TX650W 650W
Antec Three Hundred
I am not sure which motherboard to pick. Currently, I am deciding between the Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3L and ASUS P5K SE. I also do not know which power supply to pick. I am deciding between OCZ StealthXStream 600W or Corsair TX650W 650W.
All in all, this set-up is costing me around $1000. I don’t mind slightly going over my $1000 budget if it will dramatically improve my computer’s performance.
Any comments and advice is greatly appreciated. I am also wondering if the motherboards I have picked are any good?