here is my task. I'm trying to build a budget PC from scratch exclusively for photo editing (might do some minor video cutting and editing as well). i'm trying to fit everything into 700 at this point and thats including an IPS screen which i found for some where under 200. that leaves me in the neighborhood of $500-$550.
I haven't built a system in quiet some time (10 years or so), so its a challenge.
As I have read through multiple forums, most of the 2D processing is between CPU and RAM, thus I'm temporarily excluding GPU for budget reasons. also i do have a HDD to use as a second drive. mouse/keyboard I have as well.
if you are going to be doing video editing then go with a i7 2600 its better for video editing because of Hyper threading and in terms of a boot drive im a little iffy on the size of your SSD and dont get a k version of the processor unless you plan on OCing
okay the ONLY difference between ivy bridge and sandy bridge is a 10% base clock speed difference you could save yourself a good amount of money by just going sandybridge and investing the money in another part for instance some of the new graphics card made for video edititing and CAD? like the quaddro or the ATI