I've been saving for a new PC for the past year or so, slowly gathering up the money required to put together a ~$1000 build to replace my current aging 6 year old Dell Dimension desktop.
I'll be using the new machine to run CS6 (when it's released, hopefully sometime next year), primarily for Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Lightroom, and my panorama and HDR software (both of which seem to turn my current machine into a radiator for an hour). Gaming isn't a huge concern, the only games that I really play are online flash games on occasion, and lightweight games like Sim City. For that reason I'm not looking to spend much more over $100 on a GPU, and would like to stick with NVidia as that's what's optimized for CS.
Here's what I've put together:
CPU: Intel i7 3770k ($300-330)
MoBo: Either an ASRock Extreme4 or a Gigabyte D3H ($120-150)
RAM: 16GB from G.Skill, either 1600 or 1800 MHz, depending what's on sale ($50-$80)
GPU: A GTX-650 from whatever manufacturer's the cheapest and offers the best warranty in Canada ($100-120)
HDD: 1TB worth of space, either 2x 500GB with RAID0 or a 1TB drive, WD Velociraptor ($220-275)
SSD: 120 or 128 GB Samsung 830, Intel 520 or Crucial M4 ($100-130)
PSU: Something around 650W, fully modular, and from a reliable brand like Seasonic, Antec or Thermaltake ($100-130)
Case: BitFenix Colossus Venom with Window ($120-150)
OS: I can get a copy of Windows 7 or 8 64 bit for ~$20 from a friend who works through a school division
Assuming that I can get all these parts on sale locally for about $1000 before tax, would you say that it's a good build for a good price? What would you change to better optimize the build for photo and video editing?
Regarding peripherals, I'm pretty much already set, but I'll always accept suggestions for a new mechanical keyboard to replace my plastic "rubber dome" one, new speakers, a new HD monitor to replace my CRT, etc. I'd also like to pick up an internal card reader, but I've been having trouble finding a good one.
Regarding reliable brand, would you recommend a different brand of RAM, suggest a different SSD, a differend HDD, or does everything look to be in order?
Thanks for the help everyone, I'm pretty much ready to build this, and just wanted some second opinions from other photo enthusiasts and some videographers to see what works the best with the software that we use.
Gear: 7 Nikon Nikkor AI-S and AF-S lenses, SB-700 flash, Nikon D7000, Nikon FM, variety of accessories
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