First time poster, long time lurker here
I am in the UK and have a budget of around £1500 (including monitor) to buy a computer solely for my photography. Am going the custom built desktop PC route. Spending less money would be nice but not a necessity. Am looking for a computer than runs beautifully for as many years as possible.
After speaking with a few computer-minded friends, I have ended up with some potential specs but would love the input of some fellow photographers. Afterall, this computer is not going to be used for gaming so am wondering whether I have overkill here in certain areas.
I have a Canon 60D, shoot soley in RAW and will be using this computer mostly for editing RAW files, with the seldom bit of dabbling with video editing. Other uses will be for digital art bits using a graphics tablet. Software used will be Photoshop CS6 and Lightroom 3. As far as leisure goes, no gaming at all, just a bit of music while I work and the odd DVD.
So, the specs, pasted from the website that I'm probably going to use:
Intel i7 3770k Quad Core
1155 ASUS P8Z77-V LX
32GB DDR3 Kingston 1333 (4 x 8Gb),
Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev 2 CPU Cooler
3000Gb SATA Hard Drive SATA 3,
240Gb SSD SATA Solid state hard drive
ATI HD 7950 (3072MB PCI Express DDR DVI)
Any thoughts guys? I'm not sure whether the graphics card is more than I require? And after reading about drive configuration, am really flummoxed as to what to do here. I understand that it would be good to use at least one solid state drive, but have seen people recommend that up to four separate drives be used. The website that I have been looking at thus far offers a maximum of two (I will be getting an external hard drive, so wonder whether I even need the 3tb... maybe less?).
While I am at it, the monitor that I have been reading a lot about is the Asus PA238Q, but will be scouring these forums for reviews and other options.
Any opinions appreciated.
This computer stuff gives me brain ache!