Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (e.g.: newegg.com, but no preference really)
Parts Preferences: no off-brand stuff
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: 2560x1600
Additional Comments: My last system build was an AMD 955 in an Antec 900, then added SSD and the GTX 570. I would like a quiet PC with no glow, it's in the living room/office area.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I got a Nikon D800 recently and the old computer is not keeping up. I retouch professionally, so time is money. I shoot macro and focus stack up to 9 36-megapixel layers. If spending an extra $100-$200 will save me 1 hour per week, I'll do it.
you are supposed to use memory in dual channel but 4 sticks work fine. upgrading to the ud5h only gives you more connectivity. if you would like it, go ahead but if you are looking for the wifi provided by the ud5h wb, id rather get the z77-v pro motherboard from asus
increasing memoy speed doesnt help with system performance
If you have that much money to spend definitely go i7 for photo editing. The i7 will fix all your woes with your AMD. I would go SSD for sure for the "working" HD but use your existing HDs for backup and storage. It doesn't sound like you would be gaming much so i'm not sure if you would need such high speed ram? Like TheBigTroll picked the 1600.
Correct me if i'm wrong, but if you don't plan to OC would you need a cpu fan besides the stock one? I know you said you might, but if you buy that i7 and plan the airflow in the case right would the stock cpu fan work fine? Unless you were worried about the sound. Also instead of buying a new case, could you just disable the lights on the Antec 900 and upgrade the case fans to silent fans?
Off topic a bit and I don't mean to thread jack, but how do you like your Dell 30" ? I'm debating between the Korean (apple seconds) IPS 27" or the Dell 24" IPS. I do like your Dell has a built in card reader in the monitor.
The big CPU fan and new case are for the sake of a quiet and elegant PC. The P280 also looks more adult. My current Antec has a side window with vents. The new camera has a USB 3 port so I'd also like to take advantage of that on the front the computer.
I'm not sure of the specs on the latest Dell's, mine is at least 3 years old, maybe 5 years, I forget. Photographers, retouchers and designers all comment on the great quality of my screen. I love the built-in card readers, but this old reader doesn't read SDHC or SDXC, I'm sure the new ones do, but when I checked, the new ones didn't have Compact Flash slots.
Thanks to some promo codes, I'm going with 32GB RAM for the sake of future proofing. Also changed MB to Sabertooth. The armor thing sounds like marketing, but the reviews are better than the other 2 boards I have and I currently have an ASUS MB that I've had zero problems with.
1: 32gb is totally useless unless you are doing rendering 12 hrs a day, rendering 3d movies, or building a ramdisk
2: sabertooth is a total marketing ploy. it actually traps heat inside so i dont see the point. go with something like a ud5h from gigabyte or asus z77-v pro
3:go ahead with the tv tuner
How worried should I be if the Asus 'approved' memory list doesn't have the Ares 1866 memory I wanted? http://dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/mb/LGA1155/SABERTOOTH_...
Most of the timings are something like 9-10-9-28, while the Ares I wanted to buy has 10-11-10.
All of the approved boards have heatsinks which probably won't fit under the Noctua.
Here's the latest version: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/goO1
Thanks to Big Troll's comment on 32GB. I looked into it more and read that Windows 7 Home Premium maxes out at 16GB. I'll start this build with W8 CP, but if I hate it, I'll be sticking with W7HP.