I tried raising this question before but didn't get a response, maybe I wasn't clear enough. I tried researching other threads but I feel I am too much of a novice to try to piece together a suitable (and compatible) system for me. I am hoping that this is a relatively easy topic for someone to respond to.
Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP
Budget Range: $500 Before Rebates; Before Shipping
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Digital Photo Editing, surfing the internet, gaming
Are you buying a monitor: No, don’t need mouse, keyboard etc either…
Parts to Upgrade: All except CPU
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: most familiar with newegg, open to other suggestions.
Location: Albany, NY
Parts Preferences: AMD CPU (already have), G.Skill Ripjaws
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Your Monitor Resolution: 1440x900
Additional Comments: Need this to fit in a mini tower. Want at least 8gb RAM. Want SSD hard drive (minimum 100GB). Need Optical Drive.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Wife is really getting into Digital Photography, looking to maybe start as a little side business. Want a computer that will breeze through Lightroom 3 and will last for quite a few years. I am more of a console gamer, but if this could play Diablo III (on at least medium to high settings) that would be a nice bonus.
Include a list of any parts you have already selected with descriptively labeled links for parts.
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
Hmmmm can't you stretch your budget a little more?? if this is going to be for money-making purposes then you should consider the purchase of this PC as an investment, get at least the following parts.