New build for photo editing, DAM and office work

I'm a pro/am photographer with about 20,000 images. I use LR3 for all my work except for some viewing in Windows and FastStone. The bulk of my images are JPEGs but for the last year I've been shooting jpeg+raw and will probably shoot solely in RAW this year. I use two laptops with LR3 and a home built dekstop. The desktop needs to be replaced and I'd like the new one to last for 3-4 years. I do all my work with dual monitors and one is usually an IPS monitor. Both may be 24" but for now one is 24 an the other is 27. In planning ahead I'm thinking I should be able to accommodate 2560 x 1440. Monitors are (or should be) calibrated as needed.

The good part is that my son is willing to built this machine for me during his school break in two weeks so if Im, going to do this I need to order the parts shortly.

I'd played with the idea of basing the system on an Intel i7 3930K but those seem to be very rare and probably overkill with the exception of lasting several years in terms of being up to date. Very conflicted about the video card.

Budget max is $2500 unless someone comes up with a great idea that will make sense and extend the life of the system.

Os will be Windows 7 Pro

Approximate Purchase Date: 4-10 days from now

Budget Range: +- $2500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photo editing, DAM, photo storage, MS Office, weather radar downloads, online communications. No games, no movies but decent sound for music (while working) would be nice.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitors

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, Amazon

Country: US

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Asus, Intel, Samsung, looking for quality and reliability.

Overclocking: Not necessary

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200 for sure and 2560x1440 possible in the future

Additional Comments: Planning on an Intel or Samsung 120GB SSD for programs and OS and a 1T HHD for data. I'd like the memory to be DDR3, 16GB set up as 4x4 and as fast as possible. Tower case but would like to stay away from liquid cooling. Power supply 600-800 watts. No less than 4 USB 3 ports and 4-6 USB 2 ports. And quiet. I like to hear myself thinking, not the machine.

Thanks for your advice.

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  1. The i7-3820 is supposed to be out any day now and it will cut the price in half of what the 3930K is. The 3930K though is the perfect CPU for a video editing workstation aside from maybe a Xeon E3-1250.

    Maybe try something like this:

    Case: Fractal Design Arc MIDI - $99.99
    PSU: Seasonic X750 Gold - $159.99
    Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X79 - $329.99
    CPU: 3.20GHz Intel Core i7-3930K - $599.99
    Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $34.99
    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 - $139.99
    SSD: 64GB Crucial M4 - $109.99
    HD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB - $139.99
    Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - $17.99
    Video Card: ATI Fire Pro V7900 - $699.99
    OS: Windows 7 Pro - $139.99

    Total: $2,442.81
  2. Thanks for your suggestion...hope I can get the CPU in the next week or so.
  3. youthere2 said:
    Thanks for your suggestion...hope I can get the CPU in the next week or so.

    If Newegg doesn't have it maybe try something like Tiger, Micro Center, or CDW.
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