Hey there guys I plan on building my first PC, completely new to this thing. What I need is something that can successfully handle some heavy Photoshop use and play modern games well (think BF3/Skyrim).
Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next month
Budget Range: $1500-2000
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photoshop, games, web surfing
Parts Not Required: mouse, monitor, keyboard
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: directcanada, amazon.ca (anywhere that gives free shipping to Canada wins my heart)
Country of Origin: Canada
Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Would prefer an Intel processor with an Nvidia GPU
SLI or Crossfire: Not necessary
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 (already owned)
Additional Comments: I need a computer that'll last me for years to come, something I can upgrade when needed. Something quiet and won't melt on me is also a big plus. I'll be needing 8GB of RAM minimum. I also read on one website that having multiple HDDs is extremely handy when dealing with Photoshop if it makes a big difference I'll be wanting that.
I haven't made any final decisions yet but based on a few other threads here I've been checking out these sound good:
For cpu, get i7 2600k. It has hyperthreading which will make it very fast in photoshop.
For GPU, EVGA is better than Asus so get the EVGA Geforce GTX 560 Ti. Since you have such a large budget, you might as well go up a level and get the EVGA GTX 570.
PSI and case look good.
For storage, you could get a mid size ssd and run photoshop and the OS off that for speedy startup times. You could then get a 1-2 tb hdd for data storage.
Also try newegg.ca for shopping.
Okay so I made some changes and need a critique on what I've come up with. How does this sound? Will it work for my photoshop/gaming? will it work at all? Any changes are very welcome, I am completely new to this.
Looks good to me! And if it works for you it should work for me. Thanks for your help.
Mine's just a couple of minor changes - I'm using exact everything except the CPU (i3-2120), fan (Cooler Master Hyper 212), RAM (XMS 3 instead of Vengeance), and video card (ATI 5800 instead of Geforce 560) but other than that it's all the same.