I'm primarily a graphic artist, doing pre-press design, but I have a Canon GL1, and Premier (lower version, will upgrade soon) and am thinking about getting a new computer. I HATE the idea of buying a box computer and having to chuck the memory to up everything, so I've done a little research (not understanding at least half of what I read, mind you) and put together what I think will be a system that will really work well with my graphic arts, and not leave me beating my head when I play with videos of my horses.
My biggest question, is will all of the individual parts I've narrowed it down to work with each other (this will be my first computer build, although I've augmented mine in the past).
I'll be getting Windows 7 Pro, and we'll be upgrading to CS5 this summer. I'm either going to ask the boss if I can make up the difference to upgrade to the EVERYTHING CS package, or will upgrade Premier too. I will be going with 64 bit.
raid is not so difficult one should just connect two drives( cables ussually come with the MB). Then set the bios to raid. I do not reccomend raptors as they are very pricey. I would just take fast drives in raid and if there is room in the budget an ssd for the OS. And cooling has nothing to do with wether your a gamer or not. You can still OC a lot thus want good cooling and not be a gamer. I would'nt take that mobo though it's good for 3way sli which I presume isn't on your mind and extreme OCing and likewise presumebly isn't on your mind. It's better to take the cheaper asus p6x58d-e or GA-x58a-ud3r since they come with usb3.0 and sata 6gb/s.
well yea if you use it as storage don't raid(not 0 at least) but if that is your primary drive I stick with my opnion RAID(it theoretically doubles speed, physically aswell but this difference is not worth it for storage)!!
Thanks guys for your reply. I wouldn't have know the raptor was an older drive, and will check out the samsung one. Will skip RAID for now, that's good as I don't know what I'm doing there anyway. Thanks for the suggestion about the Fermi, that adds around $70 to the budget, so I'll have to do some comparisons. The budget BYW, is "what it takes" without going way over what I need. IOW, it's flexible to around $2,000, but I'd rather be spending $1,000 <G>. I want to get what I need to keep me happy for a while (my current computer has been serving me well for about 8 years, and was top of the line for doing graphic arts at the time).
For this system, with the move up to i7-930, how much upgrading should I do to the power source?