I am looking to build a ~$1500 Gaming/Photoshop Build. Ill start by saying that part of this ~$1500, I would like to have part of the price cover a 24" monitor. I am really new to computer builds, so I apologize for being a noob compared to most on here.
Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next couple of weeks
Budget Range: ~$1500
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming/Photoshop/Illustrator
Parts Not Required: Mouse, Speakers, earphones
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg is all I know of (if there are better suggestions, open to advice)
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: Prefer intel
Overclocking: Not a chance, dont feel comfortable doing this on my first build
SLI or Crossfire: In the distant future, but like the idea of having the option
Monitor Resolution: 24" (open to suggestions)
I've done a lot of reading, but a lot of this computer building language is still very new to me, but I am trying to learn.
I do like the looks of this case and have heard good things about it
I have heard lots of good things about the HD5870/HD6870
Would like an I7 processor, but not sure exactly which one
Considering Raid 0 for HHD as SSD are still extremely pricey and I am on a budget
How much RAM is overkill? Considering getting 6 to 12GB. I will be rendering things in photoshop/illustrator and wonder if extra RAM would come in handy.