APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: by end of July
BUDGET RANGE: < $750 (if possible)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: photo manipulation.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: no preference
PARTS PREFERENCES: no preference
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 'old' eyes but need decent monitor for photo work.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Need best value, but not sure if budget is at all realistic. Basically, I'm tired of Photoshop hanging up when trying to correct 100 MB images or when resizing images. Currently I must keep the photo size too low and of course that drastically affects my results. I don't need latest greatest, as this is just a hobby, but a serious hobby at that. Total noob at building a system, but have wanted to for years. Most I've ever done is swap out memory, changed video cards... you know, the easy stuff. TIA for any suggestions.
Monitor not included , ok. Having said that, I'm not so much looking for top performance, just a build that would not necessitate me leaving the desk while it crunches away. PS has been around for years, so there has to be a value system build that utilizes something other than i7, no? Not meaning to be argumentative, just trying to see get by.
Thanks. I've not kept up on anything and so I thought I'd try to get some help here. The other option was for me to just buy one 'off the shelf'. So, keeping in mind that I do absolutely no gaming (I know, I know...) would anyone care to 'build' a parts list for two systems: One for about $1200 and another for $750 (+/-) ? Working in PS, how much real time delay (minutes, seconds?) will I notice between them? I really want to keep the cost down, but it sounds like I may be foolish in trying to do so. ANY new system would be better than I have now (my main computer is gone and I'm working on a three year old $400 laptop with very little RAM !)