First Time $2000 Photoshop Computer Build Review Request
I've really enjoyed looking at the different builds on here and am anxious to give it a try. This is my first build. I need to get/build a photo-editing computer that will last a few years and would like the education of building it. Here is where I'm at now:
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SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:
Photoshop / Lightroom, Photomatix, Quickbooks Pro, Microsoft Word/Excel, web-browser with 5-10 windows open. My only game is the classic mine-sweep which I don't think is too resource intensive However, I do run many of the above programs simultaneously
PARTS NOT REQUIRED:
keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
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SLI OR CROSSFIRE:
Don't plan on it but who knows
Functionality is more important than appearance
Tentative parts list.....tentative being the keyword. Please feel free to jump in with suggestions.
I saw this case on another build and liked it a lot. Specifically the finger-press buttons for quickly maintaining or upgrading 5.25" drive devices and Removable HDD racks.
It is big thought. almost 2 feet long and tall which means inventing a new space for it at my desk.
Torn between these two. The first is a workstation card that is specifically for renderings, cad programs, and not gaming ...The reviews say it outperforms the gaming cards by 25-400% for these applications, but apparently not games which is fine for me. It also puts my build over budget. The second one is cheaper and I've seen it used in other builds.
Total: $1997.87 (with the Asus P6T board, and HD 4850 GPU)
This is my first build and I'm a little nervous about compatibility with everything and I'm sure there is some ignorance on my part involved, but hopefully it will all play nicely together. I open to any suggestions you are willing to give.
Case / PSU - if ya don't find the styling too aggressive, I'd wait a week or two and get the Antec Dark Fleet Series DF-85. Shown at CES in January, I am quite enamored with all the easy access features and the hot swap drive bays.'''also retains the dust filters and fits the Antec CP series PSU's .... in other words, the unmatched CP-850 fits in this case.
Hmmm, I really like the finger press buttons on the first case. That was the selling point on that. But both power supplies are about the same price, so I could switch those out if the CP-850 is better.
I think I am just going to shell out the extra cash and get the better board for upgrade-ability sake. I spent all day coming to grips with that decision.