The machine will be used for web design using Adobe CS6 - mostly Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Fireworks, Illustrator and Flash. I don't work with video at the minute but I'd like the option to be available in the future. Most of my Photoshop work is for the web so the images are not huge (it's not like I'm working with pictures that will be published on billboards).
I need a case that will sit on the desk but not block the window and also be easy to move when I need to move offices - hence the Cooler Master HAF XB (expensive but I think I need that shape as an ordinary tower won't work well in the space I have).
I want a machine that will do the job smoothly, without having to wait and will stand the test of time.
I don't want to spend more than I need - if a cheaper machine will do the job well enough then I'll be happy to go with it. I don't want to spend money on overkill.
So I've thought about a few different builds ranging from £525 to £700 - which would you recommend?
Ok - so CS6 can benefit from overclocking but only for those that are using a lot of the features.
Do you think that my use would benefit from it or not really require it?
If it wouldn't benefit from overclocking with the i5 or FX8350 (as they are fast enough anyway) would it be better to save money by getting a lower end machine. Would build 5 manage the job? Or an even lower spec. build with an overclock?
I don't work with video but I do multi-task a lot and often have several parts of the suite open at once. I will regularly be importing a bunch of pictures into photoshop at full resolution, editing them and transferring them to fireworks where I optimise them for the web (this includes cutting the size down) maybe then do some more work with them in flash and then export to Dreamweaver to incorporate in a website.
Does this sound like the kind of work that would be benefit from the multi-threaded abilities of the FX 8350? I may be mixing up multi-tasking with multi-threading here!
I can see why the case choice looks weird. Height is an issue for me although width and length aren't (I don't want to go micro-ATX though). This case is quite low compared to a tower. Also durability is a big factor as I may have to shift things about fairly regularly and this case has handles etc. and looks good for moving around.