I used to be pretty good at specing out systems, but it seems like things have gotten more complicated since my last time My only real requirements are photo related - running Photoshop CS5 well, multi-layer editing, some photomerge work. I don't really do anything else with my computer.
I can't seem to determine if an i5 is enough, or if I need an i7. I'm looking at 8GB of RAM, either included or I'll upgrade right away.
Seems like a dedicated video card will be best - at least that's what I'm hearing.
And I'd like to stay at or under $800. If that's possible...