APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week BUDGET RANGE: $1000
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Photo editing (RAW processing and conversion with NIK Capture NX2 and Adobe Photoshop Elements), storing those photos, casual gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies and listening to music, word processing and other general computing.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Denmark
PARTS PREFERENCES: Have chosen the i5-750 CPU. I'd like a mobo and case with space for harddrives, as I plan on packing a lot of them into it. Thinking something like 1 or 2 SSDs and 4 HDDs at least (Those are not included in the current build or its budget). Also need the possibility of running dual monitors.
OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 or above
* I'd like a quiet PC as it's gonna be situated in our living room.
* Concerning my gaming needs: I game a little, but to be honest it's mostly stuff like the MS Simulators, Sims, Rollercoaster Tycoon and such. I don't need totally awesome FPS or anything.
* Also, I'd like to debunk the myth that says anything RAW/Adobe Photoshop requires state of the art CPU, GPU and 32GB of RAM. It doesn't :-)
... Sure ... you can do with less. Sounds like you are wanting good rendering.
The 5770 is not a terrible choice ... It is fine for reduced rez fps games and you may end up doing more of that than rendering ... also, the 5770 is better suited to home theater apps and can be Crossfired, if the need arises.
If you DO go 5770, it is best to go gor a 1GB version. I like Saphire for the 5770 because of the hi build quality (good rep) and low RFI components (jap-caps and coils).
* CorelDraw, Adobe illustrator, Adobe Freehand MX, Nemetschek AllPlan (2D functions)
* Adobe Photoshop CS3/CS4 (general vector objects on various layers)
* Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft PowerPoint, and various home layout packages
* Microsoft Excel when rendering larger charts, or big spreadsheets with area fills
* Various construction tools, including those for electrical, plumbing, and HVAC drawings
* Various industry-specific tools (drawing annotations, site plans, landscaping plans, etc.)
THG reported that it had a beta fix but I dunno if it's hit the streets or to what extent it fixes the problem....