I'm looking to build myself a new i7 computer mainly for graphic design.
Before anyone says anything, Yes, I can buy a mac, but I want to build something for myself
Once everything is setup I will be installing osx86 on it as well so i can have the best of both worlds.
My pc right now is a Pentium 4 Dell xps gen 3 ( i think ) which dual boots win7 & osx without a problem.
The computer must be able to run multiple programs at once (Illustrator, Photoshop, Indesign and Web browser)
I would like it to be able to handle basic video editing as well but it's not a must.
I've checked out some parts but wanted to get some feed back since I have not built an i7 or anything with SLI/Crossfire and dont want to mess anything up.
Does anyone know if having a SLI / Crossfire setup help with video / graphic editing?
The below parts will be for a SLI / Crossfire system but if anyone has any suggestions, I'm listening.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE:
within 1-2 months
$1200-$1500 Before Rebates
Running Illustrator Photoshop Bridge Firefox at the same time, video editing, gaming, web, etc...
PARTS NOT REQUIRED:
keyboard, mouse, speakers - i just need the system really, i plan to get a second monitor.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:
newegg, buy.com, amazon, tigerdirect, ???
Maybe - I haven't done it before so I'm not sure how comfortable i would be with doing this.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE:
Maybe - If it helps with performance then yes
Don't care about the bling but don't want it to be ugly, I would like a quiet PC
I've looked up the reviews for a couple and was thinking about either ASUS P6X58D Premium or Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD5.
I like the fact that both of those have the new usb 3 and SATA ports.
I'm not sure what i want to do here.
I know I will be getting a 1TB drive for storage but im not sure about the boot drive.
SSD? or a smaller sata? - Is ssd really worth it? i haven't looked into installing osx on one either.
My original plan was to get two smaller boot drives and have one for windows 7 and one for osx
I'm not sure about this either.
I know i want at least 6gb of DDR3
Is there going to be a big difference between 1600 and 2000?
Will i actually be able to get it up to 2000 (read some reviews that some are not able to get full speed)?
I'm a little overwhelmed by the choices here.
Is lower latency better or speed?
Very confused. I wanted to buy two but I don't want to go crazy here.
My system will not be for 100% gaming but I would like to play some games (starcraft 2 if it ever comes out would be nice).
Again, would having 2 cards help me with video editing and photoshop / illustrator?
Which is better, ATI or NVIDIA ?
I was looking at the following but I'm not even sure if they're any good:
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):
the P6X58D can have osx86 installed on it
im not sure how painless it'll be, but it can be done.
I also looked into the msi board, but it did not seem to have sata6 and usb3.
I would like to have these features to help "future proof", i know i will be buying additional hard/flash drives, having faster speeds will be idle.
Thanks for all the info JackNaylorPE
It has been very very helpful!
I had no idea asus made a P6X58D- "e"
The only difference i saw was no dual lan?
I read that they also took away some of the on board reset buttons used when oc'ing
Other then that , is there any big difference in the E and premium?
I think i'm going to go with a nvidia chipset for graphics.
Should I buy 2 Asus ENGTX470/2DI/1280MD5 GTX 470 or will one do?
I haven't been able to find too many reviews on the card itself but they look promising.
Question about the heatsink though, is it supposed to have a fan attached to it?
I saw the link for the 120mm fan, but doesn't that go on the case?
Also, whats the cable for?
(these maybe very dumb questions, but i've been out of the game for a while)