Hey y'all, my brother has an inspiron 530 that is on it's last legs and has asked me to find him an new workstation that will last a couple of years (hoping for at least 5 here). He is a professional web developer and amateur photographer with fairly nice camera hardware.
His typical usage senario is a couple of photoshop windows, dreamweaver, illustrator, two or three web browser with three dozen tabs between them. And here's the kicker, he wants to run three monitors on this setup and has already picked one out, a panoramic display with a buddy on each side.
Dell employee discount access made us look at the XPS 8500's but I would rather save him money and get him a better machine. What would you recommend?
Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: the closer the better
Budget Range: 1500 - 2000 After Rebates / Before Shipping / Including Monitors (let me know if the last is unreasonable)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Adobe creative suite, tons of browser tabs, occasional video editing, personal (not a gamer)
No I'd go with a far stronger CPU. The i5 3350p is relatively weak for a photo editing rig.
Parts Preferences: intel cpu, I've heard Radeon has better graphics cards for non-gamers
The Fire Pros are, the standard Radeons are not. NVIDIA cards will give you a better advantage because they have additional hardware acceleration functions that programs like CS5 / 6 take advantage of such as CUDA and Phys X.
If you're not going to overclock I'd do something like this: