I7 build for photoshop and vid edit

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Now
BUDGET RANGE: ~$1k less is goodness. (already have cpu and OS)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Photoshop power user. Vid editing, casual gaming (not important)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: i7 940, WIN 7 (have 32 & 64 bit versions)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES:

CPU - I've got an i7 940, but need a Heat sink

OVERCLOCKING: Only if I can do it for free.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: I don't care

MONITOR RESOLUTION: ~22". Heavy photo editing. Don't know much about current displays. Help

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: 6G of RAM assumed. Thinking of ASUS P6T MB. Want OK graphics, but will never have more than one card. Need a case and ps. Want a nice keyboard and mouse. Need a dual layer dvd burner, but don't need blu-ray. Thinking or 3 1T drives as RAID 5. I think I need an SSD to hold OS and apps. Need a wireless router. How do I decide on WIN 7 32 or 64 bit?

Thank you.
...bill
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    Why do you need more than 1 gpu? Most modern gpus can output to 2+ monitors/tvs. You may need an adapter or two, depending on the input connectors. How many monitors do you need?

    64bit is the only way to use more than 4 gigs of ram. It's a no brainer.
  2. Thanks for the great advice. Maybe I wasn't clear. I only need 1 GPU. Currently, just one monitor as well.

    GPU suggestion?

    Thanks,
    ...bill
  3. Sorry I misread your original post. You don't want more than 1 gpu.

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    One of my buddies uses that Dlink router. Same model. I set it up for him. It excels at Wifi-N. Also, does 4 x 1Gb LANs. The P6T has a Gb LAN. Hook it up to the router. The router comes with a 6-feet CAT5 cable. You'd need a CAT5E or CAT6 cable for Gb. A few bucks at ebay. Internet will be as fast as your typical DSL/cable. Local LAN will be flying if you have a Gb server. I do. So does my buddy.
  4. Mr. p55ibexpeak,
    Great advice, thanks.

    Price is getting up there. Wondering about places to chop:
    - 3 drives may be overkill. I already use cloud backup and an external 1T USB drive. Is it dumb to non-RAID this system? Maybe a single 2T drive instead?
    - Heat sink. Is an el-cheapo HS OK if I don't overclock?
    - I will get the better router, thanks.

    Again, Thanks for the advice
  5. Storage - Well, you wanted RAID 5 in your original post. 3 drives is the minimal requirement. Personally, unless you have 4+ drives, forget RAID 5. Just get a 30GB Vertex SSD + 1 TB HDD. Install OS & apps on SSD & back stuff up on HDD. You can get just the SDD then if you have backup. Ditch the 3 TB drives.

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    HSF - Yep, any HSF is fine as long as you don't overclock. Make sure to hook up the cpu fan to the cpu fan header on the mobo.

    You're welcome.
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