System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash (all CS4), Sony Vegas (minimal use), DVD ripping, video converting, MKV playback, HD video streaming/playback, and some gaming (I don't care if it runs demanding games crazy good, just needs to run all games good.)
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS (Win 7 Pro, 64-bit)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Country: I'm in the USA
Parts Preferences: Just want to use the Intel i5 2500k. Flexible on the rest.
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future, but I'm most concerned with video and graphics editing performance, rather than games
Monitor Resolution: will be buying a monitor, probably 20" or so at 1920x1080
I am aiming for a system that meets my current needs and is as much future-proof as I can get for $1500. I certainly wouldn't mind saving money if you noticed somewhere I could cut back.
I wanted a mobo that supports 32GB RAM even though I can't afford it 4x8GB sticks right now. Maybe I am wrong on this, but I think that is a good idea?
I am going to use the SSD for OS (Win 7 Pro) and apps install. I just did a fresh, bare-bones install of my current system with all apps and it's at 45GB. I looked at 60gb SSDs, but I am worried that is not enough cushion both now and going forward with more and bigger apps or future OSes.
I would have the 2 mechanical HDDs set to RAID 1.
Really appreciate any feedback. I have never built from scratch before and this will be my most expensive PC ever, so I want to do it right! Thanks!
like i said way more then you will need it was easy to cut and pasta my wish list from newegg yes much more of a gaming rig then he will need. it did not seem like a workstation i would never spend 1500$ on a work comp. on-board video probably be best for a workstation even though i have had bad luck with on board video