After lurking here for awhile and reading tons of threads, I've convinced myself to try to build my first desktop computer, and I'm hoping for a little feedback before I pull the trigger and begin ordering items.
My main interest is photography, and I use Lightroom and Photoshop extensively. I shoot with a 5D Mark II, so the ~25mb files are too much for my current machine and when I get to layered files in Photoshop, the file size can get up to >200mb and I spend a lot of time just waiting for the computer to unfreeze.
What I desperately want is something that's smooth and fast for these purposes. Down the road I think I could get interested in photo editing, but not professionally. There's really no chance I will want to play games of the type that would tax a system.
Below are the parts I've tentatively selected (courtesy of pcpartpicker.com), with my rationale for picking them where appropriate. I really would appreciate any feedback of any kind. I think I'm aiming at around $1100 for hardware (no monitor needed), and while I could potentially go a little higher I'd rather not and money does matter.
CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $300 - seems to be recommended for Photoshop and seems like a sweet spot for price/value
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $25 - I have no idea. I work in an attic-type room and it can get hot in the summer, albeit not ridiculously hot. Reliability is my #1 issue and I'd do what I need to do to make sure heat doesn't damage anything.
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $170 - Several people have told me good things about ASUS reliability. Again, this is very important to me.
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $76 - 16mb seems right. No idea what type is best.
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $88 - no idea. 1TB is the right size. Want reliable but probably not going to do RAID
Storage: Intel 520 Series Cherryville 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $120 - planning to load OS and Photoshop on here, along with the files I'm working on, to enhance speed.
Video Card: PNY GeForce GT 520 1GB Video Card $46 - don't think I need a video card much, so just paying $45 for this for now.
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case $65 - no clue what to get
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply $84 - no clue
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B3ST/BLK/G/AS DVD/CD Writer $30 - no clue
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) $80 - seems like I should get the OEM to save money
Keyboard: Lite-On SK-1788/BS Wired Standard Keyboard $15
Mouse: Logitech M305 Wireless Optical Mouse $25
About $1100 total. I have already a good monitor with color calibration hardware.
I'd really just like to learn more about this, so any input of any type is much appreciated.
Im not really that good at a computer for editing, but ill try help.
The i7 will be great for editing, so keep that. I think that cpu cooler is decent.
Good choice on the SSD and HDD, will make photoshop and os load faster.
I think that 7 will be better than 8 for what your looking at. Windows 8 is more for tablets and laptops?
Decent case choice.
You will probably want a bit better GPU, maybe a 7770 or 550 Ti cause i think a better one will give you a better photoshop? again, im not too sure just guessing a bit.
You dont have to take my advice, im trying to help, but before you start changing your build i would wait for someone to post that is better at this than me.
Otherwise, good luck! Im building my first gaming computer soon too
Thanks for the feedback. GPU is a good question - I've read conflicting reports regarding whether Photoshop (without any 3d or similar functions being used) can make enough use of a good graphics card to make this a worthwhile purchase. I do plan to have this machine for awhile, so future use is an important consideration.
I also don't know how much I need a good video card for basic video editing.
On the Motherboard I'm completely lost. I mostly just want something that is extremely unlikely to break.