Perusing the forums and other sites, this is what I came up with. I built a desktop for college in 2002, but it doesn't mean I'm an expert in this. (I've since moved on to a laptop)
For this build, I would like a computer that can handle photo editing with Lightroom...POSSIBLY video editing. From what I've read, photos don't require a discrete video card, but video editing does. (which is why I left out a vid card for right now) The only other program that I keep open is Chrome with 5-10 tabs. (usually researching stuff like this!)
total from newegg minus display comes to about $940. I have the OS, and then Keyboard and mouse I'll add later. I don't have an exact budget, but I'm thinking $1200-$1400 total with display. I plan on adding smaller externals so I can back up and keep them off-site eventually.
A few things I'd like feedback on:
1. I think the i7 2600k is preferable over the 2600 (k is for hyperthreading...??) Is this true or should I be looking at the 2600 or even the i5?
2. The SSD is for the OS and for quick working space while editing (do I need bigger?).
3. If anyone has any recommendations for an IPS display under $400, let me know. I'm looking at the Dell, Viewsonic, and HP 24 inch-ers.
4. Anything else I should be thinking about?
If you look at my signature you will see that I got an H77 because I'll definitely be only running one graphics card and I'm not overclocking. I also got mATX because I didn't need the extra PCI slots.