i want to make myself a decent computer for around 1000 to 1200 pound computer for my photography work that i use photoshop for and also have the ability to store a large amount of music and movie's ... So i would need a decent graphics card to get the best quality video ... I know how to put it together i just need to know what to buy ... I have a surround system so that won't need to be taken into account but a television that i can use as my display will have to be taken into account
A 550W or above PSU from OCZ, Antec, Seasonic, Corsair, PC Power & Cooling
DVD Burner and/or Blu Ray burner
would prefer the monitor to be a tv
You need that too?!?!?!?
Depending on what you have over there, a good 22" will do. If your doing any serious video/photo editing, stay away from a cheap LCD/TV. Also, realize that putting a 50" TV and using it as a monitor and trying to get work done is not that practical given the fact that you need to be a few feet away to see correctly.
CPU Cooler: Scythe Mugen 2 Rev B £36 http://www.ebuyer.com/product/158603
Only needed if you will overclock or perhaps if you want to eliminate some noise, altho if I was just going for less noise then I'd go for a lowprofile one. You will need some of this as well: Arctic Silver 5 £5.
PSU: OCZ StealthXStream 500W £46 http://www.ebuyer.com/product/135159
You don't need any more than this unless you can envisage reusing this PSU in a system with more powerful graphics card(s).
SSD: Intel X25-M G2 80GB Retail £198 http://www.ebuyer.com/product/175723
Will come with a kit to fit it into a 3.5in bay. You could do without this and put the money into more RAM and a more powerful CPU if you want.
Yeah definitly use a nvidia gpu especailly for the new mercury playback engine of the new adobe cs5. As for the rest you could save up a bit of money by getting a simple am3 mobo and a Phenom II x2 555 black which can be unlocked to be a 4core cpu and save the money for a gtx470 or wait a bit ( early june) for the mainstream Fermi card. Which should be gtx460, gts450 and something like gt440
^ This is not a gaming rig. The OP won't get any/much benefit by going with a GTX480. Hell, I use an old 8800GTS on a Photoshop build (with an OCed Quad) and it works fine, and yes, I edit multiple RAW images at once.
Hmm then maybe, a gts250. It is in fact a renamed 9800gtx which is a renamed 8800gtx so you haver decent performance, it is quite cheap ( 150$) and with the mercury playback engine of adobe cs5 that will use cuda core, it will be useful. If you think thats a bit too much, there is also the gt240 which is around 110$ and with the money saved, get another 4gb kit which can be more helpful.
^ Indeed, however, I'm not sure if OP will get Photoshop CS5 for a while considering it's $300+
Imo, the best option is to get an "old" 8800GTX for like $50-60 and softmodd it to a Quaddro. (You can't soft modd the later cards due to changes by nVidia)
the upgrade for CS5 is only £190 but im just looking for the computer to run smoothly because of the *** computers at college that really bug me cause they want us to use the computers to edit our photos