Critique (and help with) My Build!
I'm trying to build a PC that I would mainly use for image and video editing. I just got hooked up with the Adobe CS3 Suite (Photoshop is a big hobby of mine) and I'm thinking of building a new computer. I wanted a DX10 video card, however, I would prefer not to spend a lot on a video card as it won't mainly be a gaming computer. I would prefer it if it could play my current games, though:
Neverwinter Nights 2
World of Warcraft
Command and Conquer 3
I've picked out a lot of my parts based off this forum. Got some from the 'Recommended Builds Sticky' and others just off various recommendations people have made.
I wanted to keep the build (well) under $1,000. My school will give me Windows for free. I'm already thinking I'll have to replace some of my parts with less-cool ones, but, here's what I have so far:
GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail
Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
Price: $109.99 ($69.99 after $40.00 Mail-In Rebate)
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
EVGA 256-P2-N751-TR GeForce 8600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Price: $114.99 ($99.99 after $15.00 Mail-In Rebate)
CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 520W Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CUL, CE, CB, FCC Class B, TUV, CCC, C-tick - Retail
Price: $129.99 ($109.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate)
Some things I'm pretty unsure about are the power supply and case. I just grabbed one of the power supplies off of the 'Recommended Builds Sticky' but as I read through the topic there were mixed opinions about it... so that made me a little uneasy. As for the case, I really have no idea what to go with. I heard Lian Li makes good cases, but none of the ones recommended were Lian Li... so I don't know where to go there.
Other things I need are an optical drive and a wireless network adapter so I can connect to the internet from a wireless router.
The optical drive in the 'Recommended Builds Sticky' is a SATA drive, and I've never seen that in an optical drive. Will that work with my motherboard? Would it just plug into one of the Sata 3.0 spots? Also, I don't think I'd ever use the lightscribe capabilities.
Samsung SATA DVD Burner With LightScribe Technology - OEM
I look forward to your input! Thanks for reading my post!