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| p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Need help building a pc and 27" monitor recommendation |
No real input from me on the monitor, I've got a Dell 24 inch and it's very nice.
I built my system, maybe a year ago, so here are a few thoughts...
Use a MB with integrated graphics and see how things go for you before you spend cash on a GPU (just plan for a GPU when you size your power supply). It will probably come down to how often you use PS and what exactly you're doing. I'm using integrated graphics on an Asus P8z68 board; probably the most intensive operations I do in PS are stitching multi image panos together, the largest being about 100 MP, this goes pretty fast. Sharpening operations on those files can take a bit longer, but we're talking about maybe 10 minutes on a relatively large image. edit... just saw you mentioned video editing, when you start doing that you'll definitely need a GPU, but I'd still wait until you have the need... prices only come down with time.
I have an i5 2500k processor and 16 GB ram.
In almost all other situations the one thing that's made the biggest difference is a solid state drive. I'd suggest doing your homework on how to setup and run LR from a SSD. The difference in speed for all the day to day operations is huge.
I took the cheap way and decided to get a smaller SSD and rely on Intel's Rapid Storage Technology (software) to cache commonly accessed files. This is supposed to provide about 80% of the speed boost of a native SSD install/file access. It's awesome... but it's a little buggy. Probably once every few months I have some issue with it where something hangs up, usually crashes my system, and involves me re-formatting the SSD to get things running again. If you can get a larger SSD and get as much of your software and library onto it as possible this would surely be the place to spend money.
This was the first computer I've built and it was actually much easier than I thought it would be, with the help of a few people from this forum and the knowledgebase over at hardforum.com