Approximate Purchase Date: This week or next week. Depending on cost. May buy it all at once, or over buy each part over the course of 1-3 weeks.
Budget Range: $600-700.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mainly photo editing (photoshop), some video editing, photo storing and gaming. I'd like to be able to run something like Battlefield 3 on it. Even if the settings are only around medium.
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, speakers, mouse, monitor.
Preferred Website for Parts: Newehh really.
Country of Origin: U.S.
Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Not gonna be super picky. If it fits my budget then awesome. This is my first build so I'll save my preferences 'till later.
Overclocking: No. I'll probably blow up my PC.
This is the build I'm looking at. Its kind of a modified build of what geng recommended.
I guess my biggest request is. Will it work (I'm a complete idiot with computers), what can I cut out if needed, will this do the things I want, what should I add slash/swap to be the best build for me.
Changed some components to lower price but have a better gpu. Or go with a similar priced nvidia if hardware acceleration would help but the extra money saved can go towards a better card than the 550.
This is the build you want, I'm telling you right now from the stand point of a heavy PS5 user and PTGui user. It has WAY more CPU power than an AMD 955 (I currently have one) and WAY more memory power than 4GB (obviously) which is good for finally creating an HDR or stitching Panorama or just general rendering even archiving which is saving a file, to me those are really important in an editing computer. The 5850 is good enough that it'll last you for gaming, I also use that.
i5 2500K vs 970: The 2500K is basically the 2400 in benchmarks, there will be no difference except clock rate, to compensate I switched 955 for the 970 : Look at the PS4 benchmarks specifically, just destroyed. http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/186?vs=288
AMD are weeks away from releasing the new Bulldozer cpu's
Some Mb manufacturers are already selling AM3+ boards that will run the next generation Bulldozer processors . If I was buying AM3 now then definitely get one of these boards . Gigabyte are selling "black socket" boards so there can be no confusion
Since games are gfx card limited and rarely cpu limited how about a cheap quad core fore the time being ?
A Phenom 840 or athlon quad will do everything you need
Amazing, simply amazing. I really appreciate everyones input and suggestions. The crappy thing about being so new is I don't know which build to choose. I'll probably end up purchasing the parts tomorrow. I guess my only question is if I'll be to run most games with these setups (I imagine I will.).
Just wanted to say thanks a ton.
Edit: One last question. (I'll probably have more). Should I just get windows XP for now (maybe wait for windows 8 or something) or just pull the trigger and get Windows 7 (and should I get 32bit or 64bit).