My primary use for this computer will be for photo editing. I shoot (2) 12 megapixel cameras in raw format. I will primarily be using lightroom, CS3(eventually CS4), and photomechanic. I might do some basic web browsing and manage my music files as well:
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Sometime in the next week.
BUDGET RANGE: $1500-$2500 Before Rebates
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I have a 24" Dell Ultrasharp(1920X1200), Saitek Keyboard, Logitech G9 Laser Mouse and a cheap 2.1 harmon kardon speaker system already. I have several external HD's that I backup my files to, so I see no reason for a raid. Would consider Acronis for backing up my OS.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
So far with some guidance from some friends, I have come up with :
Case and Power Supply - Combo Deal $285
Antec P183 Black Aluminum / Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Antec CP-1000 1000W Continuous ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
1. The i5-750 would run very well for you and save some money, but would limit you to 8GB of ram.
2. Just about any video card would work for you. I would suggest looking at a site such as newegg, browsing some of the basic models and looking for some with good feedback from previous customers. Somewhere between $50 and $100 would be a good range for this. You can buy much more expensive cards but they won't help you unless you like to play games, and they will add more heat and noise to your system.
3. I would suggest spending more money on your storage system. At least have multiple drives in a RAID setup for added security.
4. If you aren't running multiple gamer video cards you don't need nearly this much power supply. You could cut that down a lot.