Pls recommend best PC build for non-gamer but a Photoshop slut

I find Tom guide has a lot of pc gurus, so here's something for you.

I'm looking to build a new pc and need some directions. Here's my detail:

- not a gamer
- mainly web browsing (usually have 10-15 tabs open) and movies
- work on photoshop cs3 daily - but mostly resizing and simple touch up of large 10-30mb files, nothing fancy like renderings or such
- need fast power on
- mult-apps open at same time, i.e. photoshop, browser, excel, itune, dreamweaver, movies
- needs to be quiet
- runs raid 1 - I'm paranoid about failing HDD

I'm looking to build a pc that is fast, silent, and capable of multi-tasking.

Questions:
- I don't mind spending money on 1 x HD 5870 or 2 x 5850, but since I don't game, am I simply throwing money around? Or will a lesser card suffice? Again, I simply want to cruise briskly on Firefox and handle some photoshop files.

- In your opinion, is getting SSD worth it?

- i5 750 or i7 920 or other suggestions, maybe even wait til Clarkdale is widely available?

- PSU, mobo, case?

I'm looking for the best bang for the buck and i'm not shy about overclocking the beast. Budget is anywhere up to $2k, but if a $900 system can perform at 90% of the $2k system, I'm not shy about keeping the money.

Disclaimer: I'm an amateur... but I like learning a thing or two.
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  1. A few more points to consider:

    - run at least 2 lcd monitors at 1920x1200 resolution

    - is 4gb ram enough or should I go 8gb?
  2. *bump*
  3. daggs said:


    Daggs> Tks for this info! I'll look into it and wait to see if others have any comments on the build.
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