The CS5 suite claims on being able to exploit the GPGPU concept so the as far as processor choice is concerned, it can be either intel or amd.. Traditionally, the adobe family performs best on an intel machine and nvidia video card.. Get a healthy amount of RAM and a fast hard drive.. My recommendation from the current tech would be-
1. Intel i7 860
2. A good P55 chipset motherboard
3. 8 gigs of RAM
4. A fast SSD
5. Nvidia video card (GTX 260 or GTX 470)
P.S. - Even a mac platform is very good with adobe product suite..
Well, for CS5, you might want an GTX470/480 for the CUDA support.
Overkill. Your better off with an "old" 9800GTX,etc. The performance gain over a 9800GTX with a GTX470 are minimal for CUDA enabled features such as zoom,etc. Same goes for vid play back with Mercury (assuming nothing insane is being done, ie high end pro level work).
You probably want:
ASUS P6T SE
Intel X28-M G2 80GB for OS + CS
Corsair 650TX or other quality PSU from XFX, Seasonic, Antec, Corsair, PC Power & Cooling.
3*2GB DDR3 1600 or 6*2GB DDR3 1600 from GSkill,Corsair,etc. I recommend the GSkill Ripjaws. 6GB vs 12GB depends on work load,etc
2x 500GB or 1TB Samsung F3s for data/storage
nVidia GTX260 or even a 9800GTX (can be had for <$100 now)
Thank you all for your advice.
I am an artist.My file size has pinnacled at 550mgs, before running out of RAM.
I am going to move forward in late June.
I also am a closet gamer and was wondering if a physics card would
interfere with CS5 performance?
Thanks again you all have been great.