I am new to both this forum and the world of DIY computers. I have little knowledge about the details of computer build, but I am extremely curious and very quick at learning/picking up. So, I figured I'd bounce my questions off the excellent folks here and get some feedback and fine-tune my initial build.
I am sick and tired of my Lenovo Z360....its keep hanging and the fan is constantly in over-drive. My main uses of the computer are for scanning of my film negatives and positives (slide). I scan large 120 and 4x5 negatives and especially when scanning 48 bit color, my computer is literally panting. In addition, opening the scanned negs in Photoshop takes forever.
So, I am looking to build a system primarily around that application. Other than that, I want it primarily for viewing movies, browsing the net etc. I am NOT a gamer.
My budget is ~$700-$800 (max) without peripherals like monitor, keyboard, mouse etc. I have already have those.
If you are not overclocking, there's no point in using a Z77 motherboard. H77 is exactly the same, just not overclocking. You want a good one, I would recommend Asus. They have several H77 boards, it's a question of picking the one that gives you all the features that you think you might need.
Whether you need a graphics card, depends on the software you are using. Most photographic software recommends some level of graphics card, for some processes. You should check "system requirements" for your software.
If you don't need GPU, or only very low powered one, you don't need 600w for power supply. With no, or minimal, graphics card an Antec BP430 Basiq 80 Plus Bronze, might be a good choice, at 430w.
I don't see any other issues.
If you are using Photoshop, Adobe software tends to be optimised for nVidia graphics. In that case, if you don't need powerful graphics, it may be worth waiting for the GTX650, that's due out soon, or something like the older GTX560. If using AMD graphics not a problem, something like HD7770 not a bad choice.
Best thing on mobos is, if you look on Asus' site, they do several different H77 versions. You can select and compare specs on different versios, side by side. Makes it easy to choose which best suits your particular needs.