It's been about 3 years since I built my current machine... which was a mid level type build at that time (Abit I35 Pro, E6550, 8800GTS, Antec 900, OCZ600SXS 600W psu) . I have a few parts I can use to save a little bit. I plan on moving most of my current parts into another case I have and upgrading a friend from an old eMachine Athlon 3200+.
I am looking for recommendations, based on the info below, as to which way I should be looking for this build. I am not uptodate on which parts are good and which to stay away from. Any help to get me started would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: About a week
BUDGET RANGE: $1000 or less.... If I can get comparable performance while spending less going one way or another, that's fine.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: photoshop and illustrator design, wow (no extreme gaming), general browsing and streaming.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: case (antec900), keyboard, mouse, 2x 22" monitors, design tablet
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, Fry's (store nearby)
PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD or Intel.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe ... not sure I would need to this at all. Wow is not a demanding gaming, but I am unsure if PS/Ill are more processer or gpu driven.. I am guessing processor.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: I currently use 1440x900... unsure of monitor max res.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I also have an nVidea 8800GTS, and a Seagate Barracuda 500GB HD I could reuse if needed. I will also need an OS... I am guessing Windows 7 (32 or 64?) would be a major upgrade from the Vista I have been using.
Oops, totally missed case part. I recommend a new HD if you haven't gotten a recent one, as the 500gc platter drives like the F3 offer a significant performance advantage over old 250 gb platter drives.