My friend wants me to build a new computer. He uses 3 monitors and does web design from home easily 8-10 hours a day. He uses adobe photoshop, and dabbles with 3d rendering and would like to get into gaming. He often multi tasks with netflix in the middle of projects for breaks.
He already has 2 nice samsung 24"lcd monitors and would like 1 larger main ips display
He already has 2-1tb hdd and would like to have a way to have 2 new 2 tb hdd added 1 for main and the other to back up his work. I know he needs a ssd as speed is very important
I know he would like to have 16-32 gigs of ram, Intel processor.
I am an amateur builder and would like to utilize the set up to use every bit of $1500-$1600
Also any specifics on setting up hd's and raid, order as i am new.
He already has windows 7 premium, is it worth it to update?
I need the system to need very little maintenance and he is not tech savy other than with his professional. So not sure about overclocking and what not.
I only included 1 2TB drive (you can easily order 2) and 16GB RAM (if he really wants 32GB, just order 2). I did not include the monitor, as that could be costly....
Stick With Windows 7 Premium.
For a home setup, to keep it simple, I wouldn't use the raid setup, without going to a true RAID controller - it is only software RAID, and won't give a huge performance gain. Use something like SynchBack to backup the data (you can setup real-time synch to backup files almost real-time).
With what he is doing - I wouldn't overclock it much, Photoshop/3d rendering will utilize the processor/graphics card.
As for gaming - he may want a stronger card....I would suggest asking gamers for the opinion on the cards.
Also you mentioned that he wants a 3rd IPS monitor is that sperate from the $1600 budget because it not then you should first find out what monitor he is going to buy the come back with the revised amount. Since being color correct should be important to a graphic designer.