Hello everyone, long time reader, first time poster. I built a system 2-3 years ago with the help of this forum and recently have upgraded a few parts which left me almost enough parts to build another machine.
I do alot of Photography on the side and spend several hours a week editing baseball, basketball, and motorsports images on Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. But, I spend alot more time playing games such as World of Warcraft, Arma II, Wings of Prey, and many Racing Sims such as rFactor.
Just 3 days ago, I mentioned to the wife that I wanted a dedicated computer for my photography work... surprisingly she supported the idea so... I went and bought an Apple 27" iMac. Photography + Apple = Win right?
Well, I returned it yesterday because for $1800 I didn't feel like I was getting $1800 worth of performance so... here I am needing some assistance in building my ultimate do all machine.
Approximate Purchase Date: Now
Budget Range: $1000
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photo Editing / Gaming / Video Editing / Surfing
Parts Not Required: (keyboard, mouse, monitors, speakers, case, GPUs, & PSU)
Preferred Website(s) for parts: Newegg.com but, prefer to buy at local Fry's Electronics
Country of Origin: USA - CA
Intel, Nvidia, Corsair, if it's blue... I prefer it.
Overclocking: Maybe. I would rather have a stable machine
SLI or Crossfire: Yes, SLI. I already am running a pair of EVGA GTX 570s in SLI, Nvidia's Surround Gaming
5040x1050 - I game with 3 screens. I had a Triplehead2go but, dumped it when I went with the 2 GTX 570s (which allowed me to bump up my resolution to 5040x1050)
At the end of the build, I plan on having my ultimate do all machine plus with leftover parts from my previous build, I can put together a dedicated racing sim machine... don't tell the wife.
So here are parts I am thinking. I would love your comments to see if I am going about this wisely:
HDD: I currently have 4 internal HDD ranging from a 74GB boot drive, a 1TB "Applications" drive, and a 2TB media drive for my pictures, and another 2TB drive backing that up... plus 3 external HD for additional backups.
TOTAL - $835.
The few questions I do have is.
1. Is there a better mobo I should be looking at? I would need at least 8 internal SATA for the multiple media drives I use.
I believe I should be using a RAID setup for my image storage but, don't know how to set that up.
2. Should I get more RAM than 8GB? I am assuming more would be better for Photo work... then again... the iMac I returned ran Lightroom slightly faster with only 4GB of Ram
I use light room and Photoshop, though HT is a benefit. You don't need it. Get the i5 2500K can save yourself 100$. Plus it performs at about 97% of the 2600K so no big deal there. As for motherboards, the Asrock Extreme4 P67 would be a better choice, cheaper to as cuecuemore said. For coolers, you don't need the H70, just get the Mugen 2 Rev. B from Scythe. It'll perform really well and quiet. Quieter than the H70 in fact, the H70 is overated, expensive and loud.
Not a huge one, but yes, the 2500k is a better processor. Now if you were to overclock it you could get it to where it would outperform a stock 860 by 70%, and with a top-of-the-line cooler like you're looking at that won't be a problem.
The 2500K is pretty on par to the 860, it's just overclock and thermal ability. Your current rig seems fine for PS5/Lightroom. I run Lightroom 3.4 pretty well on my 955 which is way worse than the 2500K.