I need help picking out parts for a new build. My 9 year old p4 has been very good to me but it's time to replace her...since she is so old I figure to build from scratch over an upgrade and being out of the loop/not keeping up whats out there for components a little help would be appreciated.
It's a pretty simple machine...it's used for mainly graphics...cs5, flexi(sign program)...and web surfing of course....no gaming or anything crazy video wise. Where I get lost picking out stuff is that I run 3 monitors and usually have multiple programs open at one time...and what's the best cpu and graphic card setup for such app i have no clue. I was thinking an i3 or i5...not a big AMD fan. I'd like to stick with a ASUS mobo....she has to be reliable.
Approximate Purchase Date: (e.g.: this week (the closer the better))
Budget Range: not really a concern
System Usage from Most to Least Important: graphic design layout, web surfing,music
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers,
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: none
Country of Origin: usa
Parts Preferences: by brand or type : I would like to use an Intel CPU & ASUS mobo
SLI or Crossfire: Don't Know
Monitor Resolution:1920x1080 or 1920x1200
Additional Comments: Computer will be on 24/7 because of remote access, case needs to look decent, not afraid to add liquid cooling, going to run multiple (probably 3) HDD for backup and storage
Most of my software will work with ati but you really dont see any benefit
I scavenge my better of the 2 video cards(its pci) and use it on the least used monitor...I definitely have to buy a new card to run the other 2.
As far as a processor and junk I need a recommended setup...no clue what best
An AMD motherboard and CPU with 4GB RAM would be about $200 cheaper.
I would stick an nvidia GPU since your other one is nvidia already. the 460 (1GB) is the best performance per $, but there are other options. Since I dont know enough about your software I cant reliably recommend which way to go. Maybe check on forums for those software.
480 <much faster, needs more power> ($480)
470 <faster> ($300)
460 768MB <little slower> ($170)
450 <much slower,available soon> (approx $130)
Another nice addon would be an SSD for a boot drive. An OCZ Vertex 2 or equivalent of 90GB at least for OS and applications. It will let you boot up in seconds and jump between windows faster than you can blink.