I just bought the hardware to do my first build since the XT I built back in the mid 1980s. The XT was a blazing quick machine at 4.5 MHz with a 20 megabyte hard drive running DOS 1.0 on 256 kiB RAM. If I remember correctly, it cost me about the same amount to build as the hardware I just purchased!
Anyway, I am building it exclusively for Photoshop and Lightroom still photography PP work - no gaming. I probably went a little overkill but that's OK. The monitor is cheap but gets pretty good reviews for PP work. I'll replace it later. I already bought the following so any suggestions for additional hardware would be great.
Case: Antec Nine Hundred II
PSU: Corsair 750W ATX 80PLUS
MOBO: ASUS P6X58D Premium S1366
CPU: I7 920
Memory: 12 GB - OCZTECH DDR3 1600 Triple Chanel (2 kits)
Optical: LG GH22 DVD Burner 22x
HDD: Two 1-GigibyteCaviar Black HDDs (for RAID 1)
Card Reader: Generic brand multi card reader
Graphics Card: HIS Radeon HD 5670
Network Adapter: D-link DWA 556 Xtreme N wireless PCI
PCU Cooling: Corsair H50 hydro cooling system
Keyboard & Mouse: Logitech Wireless MK300
OS: Windows 7 Pro
Monitor – a Dell 2209WA
I'd get an nVidia card with cuda. CS5 will use a Mercury Engine which as I understand it is CUDA driven. I've heard that a workstation card is best for photo/video editing, although I have a gtx 280 atm and am quite happy with it as I like to game as well as photography work. You might want to wait to see what their new offering will be before you decide...release should be soon.
Hey, CS5 will use what they're calling a Mercury Engine. The demo vids I've seen attest to the superiority of this design. Seemless, realtime, video and photo editing all driven by CUDA...nVidia's baby. The Quadro series is really what you should be looking at but its pricey. They currently have a model on the market that is designed exclusively for CS4 as well. Can't help but think they'll give us an updated version soon though, so for +1K$ I'd wait and see what they have to offer. God bless...