Hello all, it’s been quite a while since I built a PC and would welcome any advice you could impart based upon the following information. The machine would be primarily used for art (probably gimp and inkscape) and gaming. I am an amateur artist, so I’m trying to keep things within a bit tighter budget.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within the next week or two BUDGET RANGE: under $1000 (less wouldn’t hurt my feelings) After Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: digital visual art creation, video games, music library, surfing the web, some home office
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: monitors (have 2 lcd monitors and a wacom cintiq 21ux tablet), keyboard & mouse, I also have two older 250 GB drives that I’d like to use in addition to a new one
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com (I don’t really have any experience with buying pc parts online) COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe (up front I’d like only the one GPU, I haven’t gamed on a PC in a while, but if I got the bug again I’d like to have the option to upgrade)
MONITOR RESOLUTION: largest is 1920x1200
As cool and quiet as possible would be great. Here’s the potential build I was thinking of:
Do these seem like good choices? Are any of them overkill for my needs? They’re mostly selected from TH reviews. I am still in limbo regarding my primary HD, cooler, psu, and tower.
A couple of questions:
• With the graphics card chosen, am I correct in the assumption that I will be able to connect all three monitors simultaneously (given a monitor that supports displayport input or alternatively some sort of displayport to DVI converter)?
• Considering the machine’s proposed usage, would I see any benefit going with a 64 bit OS? If so, how?
Thanks, in advance, for any assistance/information you can provide.