Currently I have a dell xps laptop but it just isn't cutting it. I need more RAM and HD space. The graphics card is integrated.
So I've saved up $2000. I'm building a pc for the first time.
I'm a graphic design major. I have the Adobe suite CS4 (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign) I also use Dreamweaver, Flash. I also do a very small amount of 3-D rendering and CAD.
On an everyday basis I'm multitasking-- Itunes, having AIM on, and browsing the internet while designing. I play some RTS games (Age of Empires 3) and the Sims 3. Basically I'd like a very good graphics card, but I don't need top of the line.
For now, I'm going to be needing a small monitor, widescreen would be nice, maybe 19". I've heard a few are energy efficient, I'd like to find one.
To get even more specific, I need an integrated card reader with SD and XD cards, and some kind of adapter (either PCI or USB) for my linksys router (g, a networks).
I've chosen a case, a cpu, HDs, memory, and Mobo but I'm open to suggestions. Like I said, this is my first time, so I'm still lost.
I have a $2,000 budget which I know isn't much, but I'm in college, so for now I'll do the best I can, with intention to upgrade in the future. For that purpose I was looking at the i7 920 processor. I thought maybe I could OC it, but I'm hesitant about liquid cooling. If I could afford it within the budget maybe I'd go for the 940 and not OC. Suggestions would be nice.
The cases I was looking at were the CoolerMaster Storm Sniper and the CoolerMaster Cosmos.
I like that theres lots of room, and I can turn off the LED. I found that to be more professional than some of the other cases. They also aren't very loud considering the airflow, from a few reviews I read. Would the case fans be enough to OC the 920? (And not be that loud). I don't need silence, but the quieter the better.
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
in addition to
Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS 300GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
These came as a combo deal on newegg for both the i7 920 and the i7 940.
OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory
EVGA 132-BL-E758-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
Thanks so much in advance!