hey guys, finally building a new machine now that the price drops have happened. I'd like to keep this as cheap as possible for the performance I'm aiming at here. I do pretty intensive Photoshop work, so I need a bunch of raw power. Here's what I've got so far:
2gb OCZ 6400 ram
1 150gb Raptor (for OS & apps)
2 500gb Samsung Spinpoints (raid 1 for important data storage)
1 320gb Seagate for misc. storage
So I need a CPU, mobo, GPU & PSU (...right? forgetting anything?)
I was thinking q6600 over the e6600. Newegg has the q for $299 and the e for $229. I had read that they were both going to be $269...apparently not? or will there be some subsequent price adjustment? For the $70 I'd rather have 4 cores anyways though, right?
Mobo, I'm completely lost. I'll have 4 sata hard drives and a big graphics card. I'd like wi-fi, but thats not a dealbreaker. Suggestions? I don't feel like I really need P35, unless you can convince me the price difference is worth it. I'd like to keep this ~$100 if possible.
GPU, I'd like an 8800gts...which brand?
PSU, also completely lost. Obviously I need something that will handle what's here, and maybe some very mild overclocking in the future.
Thanks for reading all this, I'd really appreciate any help you can give.
If you don't know much about PSUs and how much you need then you're better off with the Corsair 620HX, that way you don't have to worry about not getting enough power when you add something new. I would've recommended the 520HX but I don't know what plans you have for your system in the future.
emp: I'm really not planning on adding anything new. I'm hoping this machine will be my editing workhorse for the next ~3-4 years, depending on whether or not the next version of Photoshop needs an upgrade. Based on this I'd rather go with the 520, unless anybody else objects