I'm going to be building a computer for the first time. Ive been doing quite a bit of research and decided to go with an amd cpu. Will mainly be used for games, photo editing, and browsing the web. Looking at keeping this around 1300K, pretty flexible on the price since I am leaning towards a SSD to run the OS.
I already bought an Antec 300 and LG Blu Ray burner. I saw a few posts and was looking at a few builds people had in their sigs. So far this is what I am thinking. I am looking at newegg for the rest of my stuff. Combo the cpu/mother for 424, 470 priced at 249 with 20 MIB.
Asus Crosshair IV
EVGA Geforce 470 (not sure if i should get the superclocked version or not)
G Skill Flare PC3-16000 (4GB or 8GB, not sure if I need 8GB)
850W power supply (Not sure which brand yet)
Get WD Caviar Green 2TB and WD Black 1TB
You could run that system with a quality 450w PSU like the Corsair VX450. Although, for future purposes, I understand the desire to get a high powered unit.
Don't go cheap on the PSU either, it doesn't pay in the long run. Avoid OCZ units except for their Z-series, Rosewill Green-series PSU's are pretty good for the price. Antec True Power New/High Current Gamer/Earthwatts are good. Corsair PSU's are excellent as well although their Builder Series aren't quite the same quality as their other offerings.
The Seasonic X-series represents just about the best PSU you can buy.
Unless you're going to be working with really large files when editing photos, 4 gigs of RAM should be plenty.
In my opinion, the speed benefits of SSD drives don't outweigh their cost/gigabyte ratio. WD Velociraptors seem like rational purchases compared to SSD all other factors being equal.