I am a freelance designer, about to give in and buy a mac. But I would rather build my own graphics PC. I have built my wifes and my gaming PC's in the past, but I think a designers PC would require a little different thinking.
So. I am thinking more CPU power and less GPU power right?
The Power Macs run dual CPU's. Would that be a viable PC build or am I better off getting one GREAT processor versus 2 good ones?
I could really use some advice and possibly a couple build ideas. I will be using Windows 7 as my OS. I just need speed when it comes to Photoshop, and multiple programs running at once.
I am trying to stay under $2000 if possible. I dont need monitors, I have that covered already.
This question gets asked a lot. If you search the forums you can come up with a lot of threads to research, but basically for what you are talking about, you want a fast Quad Core, (I would lean to the Intel camp here) lots of memory, and a fast hard drive. A good mid range video card is all you need.
I would suggest an i7 platform, 6 gig of memory. Put your OS on an SSD, and then load your programs on a fast 1-2 Terabyte hard drive.
Now, for the video card, you don't really need much at all for photoshop, but if I build a rig like that, I would have to add a pretty high end GPU as well just to balance the system out. Never know, I just might want to play a game now and then.