Hey all, I've been out of the pc building scene since I built my current computer in 2006. Now my wife needs a new pc and I just don't have the time to come up to speed on the latest and greatest components in time for this build. So I turn to you.
She needs something that can run Photoshop, Illustrator, and After Effects without any trouble. Other than that, she uses her pc for internet browsing and infrequent word documents...
Here's my info:
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within a month.
BUDGET RANGE: up to ~$1000 after rebates.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Photoshop/Illustrator/After Effects
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S.
PARTS PREFERENCES: No preference
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Something that I won't have to upgrade for a while. Don't care about any eSATA, Firewire, Serial, or Parallel ports. Quiet fans/PS are a plus.
Most of the people here are gamers it seems.. I'm not getting much love on my similar thread either.. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/286832-31-graphics-vi...
You might have a look at mine and see what you think, though. it might end up around that price. I'm still trying to figure out if I want to save some bucks by moving to AMD, though
trans build is more gaming oriented. Depending on what filters, etc your wife uses CUDA can increase speeds 2-8x over CPU only.
She'll also probably want the 8 threads of the 930. Also, I don't know how professionally she wants to go. Is she amateur doing this for fun? Does this for work?
This is why workstation builds are hard to recommend and people here generally avoid these threads. There is a HUGE difference between a professional looking a a Tesla/Quadro + dual xeon rendering build, vs a casual person who wants a everyday use rig that can do some photoshop on the side, and game once in a while.
banthracis, to answer your questions, she's somewhere in the middle of amateur and professional. I would label it as extreme hobbyist. If you can imagine a standard 15 year old WoW geek playing 8 hours a day, she does that with Photoshop and Illustrator. She's just getting into After Effects. She doesn't game, and has no desire to start.
I wasn't aware of CUDA until this thread, so I'll have to look into it a bit more. Thanks for the tip!