What I want to do is build a machine for photo/video editing (Photoshop / Lightroom / CS3) I need the following, and need to know what to look at. I don't want the el cheapo, but don't need the Bugati version either. I just want to see where this comes down so I can begin seriously looking.
My experience with computers is high but deal more with servers. Have not built a complete system for a while.
- Intel Core i7 Quad, or i5 Quad
- MOBO with SATA, USB, the standard stuff. I would like to have HDMI out from somewhere.
- 12 GB RAM
- I know the video doesn't need to be gaming quality, but I do plan on putting dual monitors on it, and one will be a 27 or 30 inch.
- I would like to take advantage of SSD for the OS and temp area speed factors, if you think that will help.
- A couple of 1.5 SATA drives.
- A tower case - sapce is not a concern.
- A 750W or so power supply - suggestions?
- Windows 7
- Mulitcard reader
- USB 3
- Nice audio but this will not be a media PC.
For your usage -
Gigabyte X58A-UD3R - Comes with USB 3.0 and SATA 6GB/s
Atleast 12GB of RAM like you said...Preferrably with low timings than high speed as you would know that when populating all the 6 slots of the mobo, it is easier to set low case with low speed than high speed memories...
So DDR3 1333MHz CAS 7 would be a very good option...even 1600MHz CAS 7 also would be very good but you might have to overclock the CPU to set the rated speed and timings...
Graphics card - HD 5670 1GB - It is pretty powerful card, that supports multiple monitors and low power consumption...
CASE - Antec 300/ 900 or CM 690/ 590/ HAF 922/ Lian-Li series...these all have good airflow and spacious...So choose which you like...
PSU - Why do you need 750W ? For your usage, 500-550W would suffice...You will not be gaming right so no powerful gaming card is required, which is the main source of power consumption in a PC...Get a 500-550W from Corsair/ Seasonic/ Silverstone/ Antec EA-TP-ECO Series/ CM REal Power-GX-Silent PRO/ PCP&S/ OCZ...
HDD - Samsung F3 1TB drives
SSD - Intel G2 80GB
If you want 12GB RAM, you're going to have to go with an i7 9xx series -- i7 930 is your best buy for the price. Otherwise, you're not getting 12GB RAM in there because the i7 8xx series and i5 7xx series (i5 quads) are Lynnfield processors and only support up to four slots of RAM. It's theoretically possible with 4GB and 8GB sticks, but they're ridiculously expensive.
Graphics card - I'd settle with a HD5450 just to keep the TDP low (only 7 watts). It's cheap, but it's not that low-end, so most videocards will still come with support for dual-headed monitor setups.
PSU - no, you do not need 750W; even a good 380W (eg. Antec, Corsair, Seasonic) will easily power your system.
Hard Drives - Check out the performance charts and pick whatever 500 GB per platter drive performs best under your usage patterns. The 2 TB WD Black and XT from Seagate are good choice but at smaller capacities, you are limited to the Seagate 7200.12 or the Spinpoint F3. The 7200.12 excels in gaming, multimedia and pictures whereas the F3 wins at music and movie maker. See the comparisons here (copy past link in manually, link won't work in forum):
GFX - With the 2D GFX high on your list, you gotta lean nVidia at least until ATI's 10.4 drivers come out. The 250 is a good choice here....I'd opt for a two slot unit like the EVGA which exhausts air outside the case. Numerous options around $90 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
Data Storage (Internal) Note ...an external eSata or iSCSI system will be added later (i.e. Drobo)
(Qty 2 using RAID 1 setup)
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive ($200 for 2) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...
So, tell me what I have missed, or how I can do better. Again, I will not play games AT ALL, on this box. I will probably not do much video editing either. Mostly Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Lightroom.
Although I have no experience overclocking, I would be willing to try it on this box, but not too far. I would rather spend my time doing other things.