Good Day everyone! I am a new poster, and even a newer at building systems. Forgive me in advance for my lack of understanding. I understand that building a computer depends on what I do, and so a little introduction
I am a Master's prepared registered nurse currently pursuing my doctorate. I used to be a professional photographer in my pre healthcare days and continue to freelance. As such, I use a lot of programs such as CS5 with NiK software, Nikon Capture NX, and Lightroom 3.0. I also use a lot of SPSS software for my research. On my spare time, I like to game a little bit (SCII, Dragon Age, CIV V, and WoW [I stopped playing WoW after TBC])
I am upgrading from an HP pavillion which ran a Q6600 quad core, 4GB of DDR2 ram, and 8600GT video card.
I am keeping a budget of sub-$600 (if possible). I still have a lot of student loans! Here are the parts I have already have / ordered:
Thank you everyone! Sorry for the late reply (my thesis has taken much of my time)
But as an update, I have built the system and it works fine with the Dynex PSU.
However, I plan to do as rolli59 suggests and get a better power supply. I have already ordered a more powerful PSU (650 watts, crossfire ready) and another 5750 to crossfire. It should arrive within the week.
For now, the system is blazing fast. For what its worth, I got a straight 7.5/7.9 on my WEI (except for my hard drive which got a 5.9 as expected).
When I get the time, ill run SC2 and DA to test the GPU.