Hi folks! I've been lurking a while and I have saved up enought to start my new build - my first PC build for 14 years! I'd be grateful for constructive advice on my choices. Budget: I have saved £1050 and can add up to £200 per month later, and I prefer to buy the right kit 1st time rather than upgrade from poor kit if I can. Main uses of intended build: Photo editing with lightroom and photoshop CS5, Gaming, possibly video editing later. Also internet, spreadsheets, word processing etc. I will be watching streaming video content potentially as my new TV is internet enabled. Parts required: I want a full PC (case, MB, processor, drives, graphics, memory) and need to get an OS and at some point matching peripherals (I have bog standard ones already). I have a crap monitor but want to get a 24" IPS panel for good colour and viewing angles later, but this is in addition to the budget for the build) Previous build information (list details of parts): Very old PC built in 2000! I don't know if it's worth salvaging the optical drives - a c2000 CD RW and DVD read only from 2002 - I suspect they are not SATA compatable. The PSU is 300w and crap, the Graphics card is 32MB GForce 2! and the case is a lump of tin with no fans and no room. I may be able to scavenge some kit from work - possibly a Lan Li aluminium case? I dunno yet. Monitor resolution: My monitor is an old samsung 1240x1024 and is really only until I get something better! I will be buying a 24" 1980x1080 or 1980x1200 IPS panel I suspect. Storage requirements: Lots of room for photo and video, possibly with backup storage on a second hard drive later. I may add an SSD in 2-3 months, but a good monitor is the first "extra". will you be overclocking: YESs Any motherboard requirements (no. of USB, Xfire/SLI, fan headers): Quite like to be able to run multi screens in the future so may need SLI/ X-fire (I don't really understand what hardware you need apart from 3 screens!), USB 3.0 would be good as I'm sure my camera gear will love faster transfer speeds in due course! (I use a Nikon D90 and have fast SD cards - 30 mb/s) Extra information about desired system: I'm thinking about a 2600k vs 2500k processor - is it going to make a 50% improvement to my life when it comes to photo editing? If the advantage is slim it's not worth the cash. I'm also torn between a GeForce560 or 570 Graphics card - the 570 potenitally means cutting corners elsewhere - say on the case or peripherals - or waiting longer to get a decent monitor. ALso keen to hear thoughts on different cards - what do you get when you spend the extra £20-30. I am happy to leave out a sound card and SSD for now - I can add these later. I'm quite keen on the NZXT Phantom case (black or white so hard to decide!) for its looks rather than the Fractal Design which I feel is a bit minimalist (I feel a bit bling about this build!), but it's a bit pricy. Anyone had a go with one? It looks like it's easy to use and a good cooler - especially with extra fans! I'm not going to mod the case on this build so I want a case that looks the part out of the box! Advice on monitors also welcome! Heres my current plan: Processor: Intel core i5 2500k £160 Mobo: MSI P67A GD53 £104 Memory: Corsair DDR3 1600Mhz 4gb kit £35 Graphics: GeForce GTX 570 £265 PSU: Antec truePower 650W £92 Cooler: BeQuiet! Dark Rock Advance £41 Case: NZXT Phantom £105 Storage: Samsung Spinpoint 1GB £40 Optical: DVD reader £15 OS: Windows 7 £115 (possibly cheaper - missus is a student) Total: £972 Later Add ons Monitor: 24" IPS panel £ 220 SSD: 120gb £ 160 Sound: Asus Xonar DS £ 40 Keyboard / Mouse upgrade £ 50 More storage too - add HDD for photos and movies primarily I have just enough to fit an i7 2600k in the initial build if it's worth it, but I'll have to wait a month longer to get a good monitor so it needs to be a good value option! Suggestions on SSDs and Peripherals most welcome. Thanks for looking and even more so for any advice or helpful suggestions on alternatives and pitfalls with this set up!