Build or Buy a new computer for photoshop work
I need your help. My current desktop is two years old, and maxed out. I bought an HP but then saw its shortcomings, and have added a new NEC photo display (PW221), and added a new video card, hard drives, maxed out memory at 4GB, new gigabit card, and a blu ray burner (LG). It runs pretty well, but I am looking to make it my new server computer (I have a JBOD hooked to my older dell right now) and get a computer to last me a while yet work well with Photoshop CS4, Lightroom 2, Expressions Media 2 and Word, and all of the programs and windows I have open at one time.
As noted above, I am pretty adventureous when it comes to opening the case and prying in there with a screw driver. I have never built a computer from parts, but have upgraded most of the ones I have.
Looking to have a computer robust enought to deal with the newer programs.
I am looking at getting an i7 processor, not sure which one, and perhaps a solid state drive to host the operating system and programs, and use hard drives for the folders and files. Just a thought.
Not sure about which power supply, video card, card reader, etc. I would need to put a gigabit card in it, and would like both many usb and firewire ports.
I do not do gaming, and need a video card to work best with my display and photoshop. I use an older flat panel as a second screen for some programs.
I looked at Dell, and they can configure some of the computers, but not sure all that I am getting. Thought I might try my hand at building a computer. I have purchased most of my upgrade componets from New Egg, and would probably do the same.
Would like room for extra internal hard drives, possibly a SSD, card reader, maybe a DVD burner and swap in my Blu Ray burner, the ability to run a cool box, and noise is not the biggest of concerns. Can go with a larger case. Not sure if I would think about water cooling it, probably just air cool, several fans, and would probably not overclock it (as I really do not understand that concept - is that more for gaming?)
Looking to spend between $1,000 and $1,500 if possible. If that is not a realistic budget, please tell me. I generally have maxed out RAM, but not sure with the i7 and motherboards what I need to run 64 bit comfortably.
Am I out of my mind to think to do this?
Any help is appreciated greatly, including part identification so I can look it up.