Sister is a multimedia major and does graphics intense work on her several year old laptop. It's simply not powerful or fast enough to do what she needs done. She just got a new job and she wants a desktop computer. She was looking at package deals, but I told her she'd be better off building one herself. If she buys all the goodies, I'll put it together for her.
So, as ya'll've helped me before building my gaming rig, help me build one for multimedia from the case up to the operating system (which, by the way, will more than likely Windows 7 Ultimate)
I'm gonna' say that the budget is $2,000 for now. Can't say yet if that price includes peripherals like a monitor, keyboard, etc. I'll try to narrow some things down after I get a better idea of what she needs PC-wise.
if she only has a laptop, she will need everything.
Not giving pricing here, some parts haven't been priced yet:
an I7-2600K is the starting point for the HD3000. Overclock optional.
a Z68 Motherboard so she can use a discrete GPU and Quick-Sync, should be out in the next few weeks.
8 or 16 GB of RAM
GTX 560 ti or 570 for CUDA
2 TB HDD for storage
90, 100, or 120 GB SSD as boot drive and main work drive
decent $40-100 case with good cooling.
this is your main tower, about $1200.
add a decent keyboard & Mouse(about $25), a scanner, good quality inkjet printer, a 23" monitor, maybe a WACOM tablet, and you're set.
This is something I worked up in a few minutes (before I saw your post....I couldn't wait, I got excited!). It'll need some tweaking. For instance, I threw in the same keyboard and mouse that I have, but she really won't have a need for them. i.e. she can make do with something much less expensive. Also, it's the same case that I have. Not sure she'd want the same one or really need it. I think I should note that I really have done no research on GPUs, but this is one I had added before I saw your post. I saw a couple of graphs comparing power, etc. and the nVidia was a little bit higher than the 6950. I've actually got an ATI Radeon HD 5770 brand new that's just sitting around that I could sell to her cheap to save her some money, but she could do a lot better by today's standards...But then again, maybe she could get a smaller, less expensive case with the smaller card...?
Anyhow, it's a start...
Antec Twelve Hundred V3 Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case