My last computer is almost 4 years old, still works fine, but is beginning to show a bit of slowness when handling these ever-larger images that I work with as an amateur photographer.
Mainly, my needs are in photography, graphic design, and some video. I want speeeeed more than anything. I'm not a gamer, but I dig the computers!
I'm also not an assembly expert, last time I built my PC I ended up having to get some help. Probably will this time too, so I hope you can look over the list and tell me if there are any incompatibilities. Or suggestions. (I'm in NYC, btw, if there are any guys who would help in exchange for some $)
I have an SSD for the boot drive, a VelociRaptor for programs, so Photoshop and InDesign can load quickly, and a standard 2TB Caviar to hold all my photos.
I'm thinking I need 12gb of RAM to really speed things up, as I often work on images a few hundred megs in size.
I also like a lot of USB ports and I think this MB is adequate, but barely. And, I want to make sure I can run this for the next four years, so I want to make sure I am covered with USD 3.0 and esata 6gb.
While I may want to over-clock, I don't need to be at the bleeding edge.
I was going to get a BluRay writer, but some of the comments indicate maybe not a good idea.
Price is not irrelevant, but not the main factor either. Here's the build list, from newegg.
Thermaltake Spedo Advance Package VI90001W2Z Black 0.8 mm SECC Steel ATX Full Tower Computer
ASUS Rampage III Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
My program files are currently about 50gb, plus whatever they dump in the windoze directories. But I could stick only the big slow programs like Pshop in a bigger SSD drive, currently I have a Raptor partitioned with 8gb of these 'big' programs. Thanks for the help, and I'll switch the video card.