Hi, I'm a digital artist using Mac and haven't looked at the PC market in the last five years so I'm very lost here.
Approximate Purchase Date: this week
Budget Range: Under $1500
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photoshop, Painter, Illustrator, Flash
Are you buying a monitor: Yes (budget not including monitor)
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: none
Location: San Francisco, California
Parts Preferences: I guess I would need a good graphic card, strong processor and lots of RAM.
SLI or Crossfire: Not sure
Your Monitor Resolution: I have a Samsung 19'' but might upgrade to 21'' to 27''. I've heard that IPS monitors are better for digital painting but not sure if I really need one.
Additional Comments: My main concerns are the visual quality and the workflow when working with huge files in Photoshop, Painter, Illustrator, Flash (sometimes 3 or 4 of them at once). I also want a quiet machine.
I've been working in Photoshop and Painter solely on my Macbook Pro, only using the 5 years old PC for some light tasks. Now I want to switch my workstation to the desktop for more work space and a larger screen and to use some Window-only graphic softwares. I also want to work with some 3D programs such as ZBrush and Maya in the near future (but not as much as the 2D programs).