I am going to build a new Photoshop system to replace my aged Dell XPS 400. I do semi-professional photoediting for gallery and exhibition work. I do not do any gaming at all. I am looking to build a system that will carry me for a few years as the demands of Photoshop increase. I already have monitors, keyboard, mouse, tablet, etc. I use plugins that are very CPU/memory intensive and frequently create very large, layered images of well over 100MB.
I've built a few systems in the past - an HTPC, a NAS/Vortex Box for streaming music
Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP
Budget Range: $1500- $2,000
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photoshop, Photoshop, Photoshop, and daily computing - no video, no gaming
Are you buying a monitor: No
Parts to Upgrade: Full, new system build
Do you need to buy OS: Yes, Win 7 Pro 64 bit for now. I'll let the dust settle on Win 8 before ugrading
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg
Location: City, State/Region, Country - Brooklyn, NY, USA
Parts Preferences: Intel Cpu
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: N/A
Additional Comments: As I do no gaming, video, etc, I'd like to get the best video card that meets the fairly minimal Photoshop standards. I run a dual monitor system and would like a video card that siupports dual DVI
Why Are You Upgrading: Like I said, I am currently using a 2006 Dell XPS 400 - 'nuff said
Here is my first pass at a system. I'm looking for a fairly plain case - LEDS, windows, etc definitely not needed.
I'm not wedded to most any of these parts, though I'd like to stay with Intel for CPU. My goal is to assemble the most powerful system within my budget to carry me for a few years. Any and all suggestions will be most welcome. Any tips on additional parts that I should purchase (SATA cables, etc) would also be helpful. I'd like to keep this system and quiet as possible so any recommendations for fans would also be appreciated.