APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Photoshop CS4, Lightroom, otherwise general use
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, DVD, card reader
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: ncix.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada
PARTS PREFERENCES: None
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
Migrating x2 250GB Seagate Barracuda's from another PC
x2 4650's so I can calibrate monitors separately
I currently have an APVe but no Windows 7 drivers are planned - are you running an APVe successfully under Windows 7? Please let me know if you are
Would welcome any comments or changes you would make (and why). Thanks everyone,
An SSD will significantly shorten your boot and load times, but if you're going to primarily be using this for photo editing, you'll find the additional RAM much more handy. The SSD won't matter when you're actually doing work.
The graphics cards are somewhat dated, have you looked at anything newer? You don't need top-of-the-line for photo editing, but the 5xxx series is supposed to run quieter and use less energy.
there is a 1600 MHz version, but u can oc that ram to 1800+.
if im stupid, and u already have the parts, sorry, and get the f3 anyway, raid it in 0+1 or 1+0, 1, or 0, 5 something along those lines, and yeah, for ur uses, i would get 8 gigs. also, the 2 x 4650s confuses me, but idk
Unless you're editing massive files (more generally audio & video), a RAID setup isn't going to help you that much (and it could be more trouble than it's worth). I'd recommend against it, and if you decide you need something along those lines, you can generally add that sort of thing later.
Other than that, I'd agree with ares1214's suggestions.
The x2 graphics cards:
I want to be able to calibrate the monitors separately... issues with single cards with dual outputs not having dual LUTs. But CS4 doesn't really need a heavy lifter graphics wise, hence I just cheaped out - so long as its 128MB+, OpenGL2 and Shader Model 3.
So you're recommending the i5 over the AMD? Any suggestions as to which motherboard you would pair with it?