First time poster long time reader here. After 10 years of running the same PC (upgraded some components a few times) it's time for me to purchase a new PC. As the years have gone by, I've been doing a lot less with my PC and it's probably due to the fact that it's slowed down a lot. I mainly use my computer for photo editing (Photoshop, Illustrator), listening to music or videos online and just browsing the net. However, with this new build of mine, I would love to have the ability to do a bit of video recording via webcam to start and maybe more as time goes on. Here are my specs.
Approximate Purchase Date: In the next month
Budget Range: 600$-700$ after rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Picture Editing, Watching Movies, Recording Videos, Surfing Web
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.ca or ncix.com
Country of Origin: Canada
Parts Preferences: No preference what so ever
SLI or Crossfire: No
Additional Comments: All I want is that the PC runs smooth, fast and is quiet.
The OP said "newegg.com" for parts though this obviously might have been a mistake.
I think 8GB of RAM is overkill for the OPs needs as he does not seem to be a very hardcore photoshopper. Though I might be wrong but if your not sure if you need the 8GB I'd suggest just getting 4GB then upgrading if you need it.
My bad guys! Sorry for all the confussion I noticed I messed everything all up in my post. However, I live close enough to the border to go and pick it up in the US if it's really worth it. As for what I'm willing to pay 800$ is the absolute max wit taxes, shipping and after all the rebates so go with that.
So far I've liked the builds but how will the system perform using the motherboards graphic card only?
As shone by our builds $800 is not required to get loads of performance.
Mine and gkays builds are basically the same though his is from newegg.ca and has 8GB of RAM. Without the 8GB of RAM it costs around $670 which is only $40 more then mine so its probably the way to go. Isn't there a difference in your your dollars as well?
If you want the Antec Sonata III 500 swap out gkays Antec 300 for it and go with his build and decide if you need the 8GB of RAM. I don't think you will require it.
I might add that I really don't like the look of the Antec Sonata III 500, it looks like a crappy OEM case. Its also largely more expensive then the 300. The 300 has fan controls so you can lower their speed which makes it very quiet.