Ok here goes, I have had no problem finding information on gaming systems unfortunately, I do no gaming. I am getting ready (out of necessity) to build a new system. My budget is AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE ok, let's say $700-$900 dollars. I have the case ATX. I have had fantastic results with ASUS motherboards so I'm leaning that way but open to suggestions. I am fine with the i3 processor (sandy bridge?) (see earlier note on budget). Does the fact that that cpu has video cause issues with running a video card, does it work with the card, I have no idea how that one works. Video card: I'm leaning towards EVGA GeForce 460 192-bit, 1GB for the OpenGL functions.
My main use is Photoshop with some Nik software plugins (thus the OpenGL necessity). I work with some pretty large files, up to 800MB on some and they seem to keep getting bigger. I am also looking at some video editing down the road as well as some music recording/mixing.
I know that's a lot but my main concern is motherboard/CPU combo and the northbridge preference as my experience, limited as it is, has taught me this can lead to a faster more stable computer.
I thank you in advance and please let me know if you need for information.
FYI; here is a sample build that I am considering:
Dude, you could get a GTX 560 ti 4480 core, 130$ z77 board and a i7 2600k for around 700$ the ram you could get a 8gb kit for around 40$, 500GB Hard drive and case and your shouldn't have spent over 900$ for all that