This is my first build and I'm new to the site so my appologize if the format isn't correct.
I want to build a system mainly for photo editing and watching HD movies. I would really appreciate if you guys could let me know what you think and if any part is overkill or a serious bottleneck. I also have the following questions;
1) Is the video card sufficient for my purposes? I don't plan on gaming with this system. I just want to be able to edit photos in photosohp, watch HD movies fluidly and do some light editing of HD video clips I have taken.
2) I would like to have an SSD drive for the OS but I'm torn between the Intel X25-M 80 GB and the Kingston SSDNow V+ Series 64 GB. The reviews for the Intel are very favorable but so are some for the Kingston. Any thoughts?
3) I'm confused about what ram configuration I should get. I was thinking of getting 4 sticks of 2GB but then I read that this won't use tri channel because the number of sticks would need to be a multiple of three. Would it be better to get 6x 1GB sticks instead of 4x 2GB sticks to be able to take advantage of tri channel?
4) Is the timming of the ram I chose good for my purposes?
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: By the end of May
BUDGET RANGE: 1400-1500 Canadian dollars (roughly on par with US$ right now)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Editing photos (from Raw files using Photoshop Elements), watching HD movies (both on monitor at 1680x1050 and 46" TV at 1080p), transcoding movies, some very light editing of HD video files
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, I just order a dell 2209WA which has an optimal resolution of 1680 X 1050. DVD burner. Mouse and keyboard. I have my old 500 GB hard drive for storage.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: amazon.ca because I have gift certificates that I can use there but I found most of my parts on newegg.ca
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel CPU
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe. I have no knowledge about overclocking but I might consider it further down the road.