Thank you in advance for any assistance that you guys can provide!
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: March
BUDGET RANGE: $900 or so
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Image editing/photoshop, web and email. No time for gaming!
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg or wherever
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: I'm planning on using an Intel Core i5-750, other than that, no preferences.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200
This is what I have in my newegg shopping cart for now....like I said, I'm open to suggestions or changes. I like the idea of the SSD for a boot drive and for some of the main programs. I'll mostly be doing image editing (RAW and JPG). Other than that it will be web and email. I have a bunch of external USB drives that I use for backing up images so I don't need a huge internal HD. 500GB to 750GB will be fine.
GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD4P LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard w/ USB 3.0 & SATA 6 Gb/s - Retail
----Also looking at the UD3 model (I think that's it....$40 cheaper and it looks like the only thing that's missing is Firewire, which I don't really need)
Pretty good overall. I'd try switching the PSU to a Corsair, Seasonic, Antec, or at least OCZ.
If not OCing, the max memory speed for an i5 is 1333MHz (having faster ram doesn't hurt, you just won't be running at full speed (as I do as you can see in my sig))
The only major benefit the UD4P adds over the UD3 is the ability to split the graphics lanes into 8x/8x from the stock 16x. The UD3 cannot do this, but if you are not crossfiring/SLIing, this is a non-issue.
One more question about Windows 7....I have a valid copy of WinXP....can I buy the upgrade version of Win7 and use that? Do I have to install WinXP on the drive first? Or does it just ask for the product key from XP?
I have Win7-32bit installed, along with an older version of office, Photoshop elements, some other apps, and my C: reports 22GB used.
If you have WinXP then you can buy the upgrade version of Win7. You cannot install WinXP and then do an upgrade install from XP to 7, but there are several ways to install 7. You can search the net and find different ways to do it. That's what I did- I have a valid copy of XP and I installed 7 from scratch.