Thank you both so much for the help! (Not that it makes a difference, but I am a "she," btw, not a "he"
I looked at the memory again. D'oh! Thanks for catching that. I'll make sure to get a 3 channel like the one suggested.
I'm really a total newb so I wouldn't be confident in my ability to OC anything without doing something wrong. It would add what to me feels like too many extra considerations at the moment since building this myself is already quite a project, haha. I heard good things about i7 + cs5 too so...
Thanks for the suggestion about SSD. It forced me too look into it a bit more. While it looks fun and really tempting, I think the price is too much for me for the amount of storage right now. I'm not really the type of person who goes around upgrading computers often (ok, never... hoping to change that though) so maybe I should just stick with regular hdd for now. Thanks for the link! It's in my cart
Not sure about the PSU though. I dumped my junk into the PSU calculator and newegg and it said I need <600W. Hoping that's accurate so I can get by with 650w? I feel embarrassed to ask a stupid question, but two monitors wouldn't make a diff would it? I know it makes the gpu work harder though, right?
ETA: Ok, played around a bit more and discovered the appeal of combos-
Yeah, it's a little over budget but it's got the cpu/gpu/mobo I want, the right memory, and some better options than I had before I think... and it's cheaper than when I added my main items + cheaper items in the cart.