I am student working on a game-art and design degree and also use corel painter/photoshop a lot (corel 11 &cs5). I respect good graphics and sound in a game, and also have a ton of school work to attend to. I've wanted a rig for a long time, and am finally going to get one. If I could get some personal pointers, it'd be a great help.
Approximate Purchase Date: If I am given links and part names I will purchase them as they are promoted. I don't need this thing assembled until February or so, so I will stalk deals until I have everything I need.
Budget Range: About $1200. I will stretch to $1500 if I absolutely have to
System Usage from Most to Least Important:
Gaming (Yes I made those separate)
CS5/Corel (I do a lot of digital art with a lot of taxing brushes and layers)
School work / Internet Browsing
Other media (e.g. movies, t.v.)
**I'm working on a game art degree and would like a system that can handle game art production
**I do a lot of multi-tasking. (ex, 30 tabs in chrome open, online game running, working on a drawing would probably be the extent of the abuse.)
OS : I probably need to buy one I'll take Windows 7
Monitor: I have a couple of monitors, but none seem to have the resolution/color/lighting I need. They seem to be off. Though, I do do current work from a laptop and the dual screen, perhaps this is why the colors are distorted?
If there are any recommended displays for what I'll be doing with the rig, please post. Otherwise I don't need a new display right away.
Processor: Intel (i5 and up. I don't know a lot about caches and speeds.)
RAM: Corsair (vengence) RAM. I would consider Ripjaws if they are recommended.
(I've read that 8gb is just fine for gaming, and I know that that's true. However, I run other graphically demanding clients at the same time, should I consider 12 or 16gb? It seems like overkill.)
Sound: Something with dolby surround. I have a $250 turtle beach headset that I was to use to its potential.
For your needs, I think that you could utilize a fx-8350. They are fantastic for multi-tasking, and they do very well in games. Don't get me wrong, an i7 is better at alot of things, but the 8350 just has too many cores for it to compete for with heavy multi-tasking. I included a 7950 because they are better than the 660ti. I also included a very good high resolution monitor, an SSD, and even a wireless card.
If you have any questions, just ask.
I bought the g-skill ares because they were under the shell-shocker deals on new egg.
Can I ask why you prefer g-skill to the corsair vengence RAM?
Also, not many people recommend an AMD processor over an intel one right now, do believe the 8 cores makes a difference. I have heard tat some of the cores can die or malfunction while the others still work. Have you heard of this?
I don't mind getting an ssd, but how do you think they compare to VelociRaptor?
There is no real difference between the two RAM's. I recommended the ares because it happened to be $1 cheaper.
Also, not many people recommend AMD because not many people can utilize the AMD to the point were it would be better. If you do a ton of heavy multi-tasking, you can make use of all 8 cores, which would be better than even an i7 3770. Intel is better on per core performance by far, but they don't have any 8-core solutions, so I think that the AMD will be better for your needs. Additionally, I have not heard anything about cores dying, and CPU's rarely have issues. It is very uncommon to have a malfunctioning CPU.
Finally, and SSD will best a VelociRaptor every time. They are faster, and as long as you get a good brand, they are more reliable. I have an SSD in my laptop, and I absolutely love it. There is no going back.