i'm close to maxed out budget-wise, so any advice on cutting down the price on this a bit is welcome. I use a LOT of photoshop, and some after effects and premiere. I do definitely intend to play games as well, but that's no the primary purpose.
My monitor right now has 2048x1152 resolution, but I don't care if games can run at that smoothly.
I already have monitor, several harddrives, keyboard, mouse, operating system, and dvdrw drive.
I'm not interested in overclocking or crossfire/sli, so if you think that could save me some other things, lemme know.
main concerns are keeping it quiet, fast, good value for money, and energy efficient. I also intend to dual monitor with it at some point (when i can afford another monitor...)
If you think there's price drops coming soon I could take advantage of do let me know... I'm a bargain hunter and don't need this immediately. I was thinking of doing it this week, but I would also be totally cool waiting a few months on it.
this is in CAD btw, so things might be slightly more than you'd normally expect.
thinking of throwing on a 7200 rpm drive since i only have a 5400 right now, but am waiting to see on finances. I would also be upgrading my ram before too long, but gonna probably leave it at 4 for now, unless i can save money by jumping to 8.
The new drive would be a big benefit when running Photoshop. It's always best to have a completely separate scratch drive for the best Photshop performance. A 5400RPM drive is going to cause the whole system to feel slow.
that case does look pretty nice! actually has more room for drives than the lian li. i'd heard the k62 was particularly quiet, but that one looks like it should do the job as well. unfortunately that combo deal seems to be only on the US site and i'm shopping from canada... as well on the canadian site the gpu you mentioned has no rebate, and that ram is 13 dollars more instead of 4. advice is still useful.. i can shop around and see if i can find any deals on an improved gpu or lower latency ram.