I am replacing the main parts of my computer. Please take a look and let me know what you think. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next week
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Photo Editing (Photoshop Elements), Gaming (COD, Assasins Creed, GTA, Crysis, Far Cry 2, etc), Video Editing, General (Web, Word, Excel, etc)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Case, I would like to reuse my power supply if possible (Antec TP3-650) , Optical Drives (IDE), Hard Drive, Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse
Power supply specs - True Power Trio TP3-650 650W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply with Three 12V Rails - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Any reputable website. Most experience with TigerDirect and NewEgg.
PARTS PREFERENCES: See below on the first comment where I added some components to the list. I am unlikely to upgrade any core components on this system once it gets built, with the exception of possibly adding a second video card when I get a little more cash.
OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes (maybe next month)
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Currently 1280x1024, but planning to upgrade soon. Not sure what size yet. Probably around 22"
I will be using Windows 7 on this system
Thanks in advance for you help and most importantly your time.
I personally doubt you will never need crossfire unless you REALLY upgrade your monitor (think 19x12 and higher). But I'm a proponent of one single powerful cards vs two less powerful ones. The 4850 will run fine upto 19x10/12 but if you are one for eye candy and ultra high settings you will be wanting for more 'umph' so to speak.
Bottom line, you are in a good position right now. Run the 4850 until you upgrade the monitor/ are no longer happy with performance. By then the DX11 cards will be out, and the bang for the buck factor will have made itself clear.
As for the PSU it claims to be able to put out 19A on three 12V rails. Just keep that figure in your head when looking at card setups. That would certainly power any single card that should come into existance within the next year or so.