System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photo editing and possibly some light gaming, never at the same time
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I like newegg but not real preference
Country: United States
Parts Preferences: No real preference
Overclocking: No / Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: Not totally sure what this is but don't think I'll need it
Monitor Resolution: Currently have a 1680x1050 and looking to add a 25 or 27" high resolution like a 1920x1080
Been a long time since I've built a computer but tired of using lightroom and photoshop on my sluggish laptop. After sifting through benchmarks and posts on new builds I've come up with this spec. Please let me know your thoughts if I've over/under spec'd anywhere and if I'm missing anything. Thanks!
I am looking to do the same things as you including Lightroom and Video editing. I have a computer problem that has led me to consider a new build and while researching here and Adobe, I have concluded that CPU and Ram are extremely important to using these programs. The I5 2500k is fine. I plan to go to 16 gig as some of my stitching files are massive. The GPU is fine for gaming. I am using GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB. I run 2 of the monitors you are planning to buy and they are gorgeous. The mobo and SSD are excellent. There are only 2 weaknesses I can see. You must have a bigger PSU. Get 650 or 750W to be sure and it will allow for upgrades in the future. The second is the case - be sure everything fits. I am planning a full tower for my needs. Also consider a lower profile ram. G Skill is excellent but you don't want a hassle if the ripjaws conflict with the heat sink or some other parts. I am sure there are members who know more about this than me.