Hey guys, I need your help on putting together a system. I won't be doing a ton of gaming with it but I will be doing some from time to time. It'll mostly be used for photo editing, homework and normal day to day tasks. I'll have it hooked up to my TV and Surround sound so I've thought about using it as some sort of Media Center down the road but I don't know too much about that stuff. I'll need everything else other than the Monitor/Speakers.
Approximate Purchase Date: More than likely this weekend, but definitely sometime in the next week or two.
Budget Range: <$1200 Total including OS and wireless keyboard/mouse.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: I'll be using it for some games but mostly just Web browsing, photo editing and homework.
Parts Not Required: I don't need to purchase a monitor or speakers. I'll be hooking the tower up to a 55" 1080P LED tv and 7.1 surround sound. I'm sure this will make a difference when it comes to graphics/sound cards.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com
Parts Preferences: I don't really have a preference, I've used ATI and Nvidia in the past and been happy with both.
SLI or Crossfire: No
Additional Comments: I'd like the computer to be quiet when I'm not using it, but I'd rather have something that runs cool on a consistent basis if I had to choose between the two.
ok an h67 board paired with a 17 2600 will be right for you. get 8gb of 1333mhz ram. windows 7 home premium oem. a hd 6950 1gb or 6870. Ati because it gives the best picture on t.v.'s for like movies and such. this keyboard and mouse- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... . a storm enforcer case on amazon for 90$. a samsung spinpoint f3 1tb for 60$ on amazon. if you still have money get a 60gb vertex 2 ssd for your os and ur most used applications i think it is like 90$ with rebate form newegg. this dvd drive (you might want a bluray drive for your media center)- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... . oh and a tx650 psu
Siggy 1000$ build would be perfect for you.
You defiantly don't need an i7, Photo editing doesn't really require HT (least PS5 doesn't) plus it'll leave you the option to overclock or crossfire if you ever want to.
In your case, I give 2 options, the 6950 and 560 Ti, I suggest the 560 Ti, it'll run cooler and quieter. As for the the SSD, I suggest not getting one now, (so subtract 75$ from my 1000$ build). Wait for the Corsair Force 3 series to drop in with SF-2200 SSDs that'll read super fast versus the old vertex 2s. It'll come in at the same price too.