So the time has finally come for me to build my first system. This is what I have come up with (thanks to some forum help!) to fit my £700 budget for a bf3/photoshop + upgradeable system. The only thing I am struggling with is picking a suitable GPU for my needs, that will last for a bit longer + possible future addition of another one (SLI I think it was called?).
Please pitch in for any suggestions on the current setup (maybe compatibility issues) and any GPU recommendations that would fit around £250. Also it would be nice to give me a brand as well, as I am completely lost in that regard (MSI, ASUS, etc.).
At that price point you are looking at a 660Ti or HD7950.
Both are roughly equal in terms of gaming performance @1080p (the 7950 is better overall, but the 660Ti wins in some popular games), so you will have to do some research as to which is better for the games you play.
If you are considering going above 1080p resolution, then the 7950 is the better card.
I am not sure if Photoshop can utilize CUDA, OpenCL and GPGPU. If it can use CUDA, go for the 660Ti. OpenCL and GPGPU, the 7950.
If it can use all of them, the HD7950 as the Kepler GPU's are very weak in OpenCL and GPGPU performance, and are crippled in CUDA performance compared to the Fermi cards.
MSI, ASUS, Gigabyte and Sapphire are the brands to get. Though dont get an MSI 660Ti/670, recent issues with their voltage delivery have cropped up. So for the mean time it would be wise to avoid MSI if you are getting an Nvidia card.