I am looking to build a Photoshop Powerhouse. Right now I have a external box with 2 1TB HDs for backups, but would like to move them into the new case. I also have a drive to use for a scratch disk. So I would be running 4 HDs. I have tried to do the research and I think I have come up with a system that will work great for me.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: NOW
BUDGET: Between $1,500 and $2,000
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Photoshop, Lightroom, Internet, email
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel I7
OVERCLOCKING: Yes (slight, must be stable)
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Probably Not (I dont think I need this for Photoshop?)
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200
Here is what I have come up with. Please feel free to let me know what you think! Thanks in advance.
First thing I see wrong is you need a different video card. No new motherboards handle AGP. You need PCIe or PCI Express. Photoshop relies more on CPU than GPU, so you don't need a high end card. A Nvidia 9600GT is about the highest you need to go. Also, check the WD Black models. From what I've seen, they perform as well as the Raptors, but give you more storage for the money.
I did check into the WD Black models. I am a professional photographer and this computer will pretty much only run photoshop and lightroom, so I don't need anymore storage for a main drive. I will still consider it.
Get a Spinpoint f3 500gb, its only $54 and its faster than that Raptor. Check out the toms storage charts. No need for a 700w PSU and not a CM. Get probably a 550w Corsair. I'm not positive about the video card issue, but that one is not designed for 1080, its a low end outdated card.
Updated: I have taken some of your advice and updated my system. I stuck with the 6gb of Corsair Dominator DDR3 because of the triple channel memory controller. I also do not want to go with a SSD yet. I would like to see more long term testing on these and let the price come down some. I don't know what video card to use. I am not a gamer. I run a 24" monitor at 1920x1200. Any more suggestions?