I am planning to build a new PC and would like some advice on which MOBO and Graphics Card to buy. In addition to general use my most demanding requirement will be Photoshop editing as a hobby – I am not into gaming or overclocking! And the PC has to be quiet. My current monitor is 1280 x 1024 but I shall probably buy a larger or additional one soon and also upgrade to Photoshop CS 5.
My kit list so far is: CPU = Intel Core i7-930 ; RAM = Corsair 3x2GB DDR3 PC3-12800; Hard Drive = WD Caviar Black 1TB; PSU = Seasonic X-650 W; OS = Windows 7 64 bit.
I am considering the Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 MOBO, which is moderately priced but has some capabilities I probably don’t need. Most graphics cards seem to be aimed at gamers and having read some of your threads I have shortlisted the following but could be way off the mark – Asus HD4670 512 MB 1800/750 MHz GDDR3; Saphire 1GB HD 5550 Ultimate 800/550 MHz GDDR2 (Fanless!); Radeon XFX HD5770 1GB 4800/850 MHz GDDR5. And should I get a SSD and if so how big?
1. your mobo selection is fine
2. if you want silence, go with the ATI 5550. It will have no issue with your monitor resolution and photoshop, plus it runs silent.
3. SSD made a nice difference in photoshop, up to 40% faster in some tests. you can see some benchmarks in the link below
Well I suppose you could always insulate a computer case yourself. That way you can buy anyone you like. Cooling has always been far more important to me (this also keeps internal hardware cool keeping down internal fan RPM low and quiet). Just be aware that in most cases you are sacrificing cooling as the quieter you get.
With cooling in mind, you can also replace all of your fans with Noctua brand ones as they have a reputation for being extremely quiet.
Just also remember the better the airflow, the quieter your internals will run.