Photo Editing System

thusband

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Hi all,

I'll be building my second system (first one is 6 years old). How do you see this working out for me?

Purchase date: Next few weeks

Budget: ~$1400

Usage: Photo editing. Photoshop CS4, internet, no gaming

Overclocking: Probably not

OS: Vista. Or should I download the beta of 7?
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Parts so far:

GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128374

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202

x2 Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319

Noctua NH-U12P SE1366 120mm SSO CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608007

ASUS EN9600GT/HTDI/512M GeForce 9600 GT 512MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121229
Overkill?

G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 (12GB total)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231247
Is there a better/cheaper way to get 8-12GB?

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005
Should I go for 750W?

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119137

Any suggestions and/or advice is really appreciated.
 


A few changes I would make. First of all your psu is over kill. A good 550w is more than enough to push that rig and then some. Also I'm 100% all for after market heat sinks whether over clocking or not. You can get a heat sink just as good as the one you have, yet cheaper. Here is a few changes I would look at down below....

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-EX58U4P Combo Price: $494.00 Free Shipping
Intel Core i7 Processor i7-920 2.66GHz 8MB LGA1366 CPU, Retail
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P Core i7/ Intel X58/ DDR3/ CorssFireX & 3-Way SLI/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard
Use Coupon Code: MEMORIAL5 for an extra $5 off the total price

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029 $41.99 Free Shipping*
XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835154003 $4.99
Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042 $58.95 Free Shipping*
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341022 $74.99 ($49.99 after $25.00 Mail-In Rebate)
OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/dd353205.aspx?ITPID=mscomsc
 

thusband

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Great advice. Thanks much!

If I went with Windows 7RC I'd have to reinstall next year. It sounds like you won't be able to just buy a license. Also, it looks like 64 bit Epson printer drivers are available. How about for video cards?

Maybe going with Vista and upgrading is a better idea?

You've been a big help. Thanks again.

Tom