I am going to build myself a new computer to use for Lightroom and Adobe Creative Suite (I'll be getting CS3), plus general use.
What sould I be looking for in a CPU, RAM, Video, Scrach Disk, Hard Drive, Motherboard? Any other thought?
I have ideas of what I want to go with but wanted to see what other people would do. My plan was double monitors but after playing with LR I think a widescreen would be best, 26" or larger. Is that right?
I have about 2K to spend without monitor.
Any ideas? I'll wait untill the July 22 prive drop from Intel, but would like to start getting the other parts soon.
Todd: You've probably noticed that current CPU's tend to have more cores as opposed to higher clock-speeds. I'm runming LR and CS2 on a (fairly) new Dual Core Intel 955 Chipset mainboard. Although the clockspeed is significantly less than my main P4-3Ghz (prescott) - it runs LR more efficiently. I believe this is mainly due to 2 factors:
The 955 Chipset support the faster DDR2-667 Memory (1033 Front Side Bus Speed). The P4 supports DDR-400.
Lightroom definately takes advantage of the additional cores.
Finally, the power equirements of the newer Dual Core Procs are significantly less, resulting in a cooler running, quieter machine. Once you work without the steady drone of noisy cooling fans you'll never look back . . .
Don't worry too much about the video subsystem - ATI seems to be a bit ahead of NVidea for Vista driver support - 256MB seems to be a nice cost/value point -personally I favor nVidea
I'm running a 27" Dell - thanks to some input on this forum, It's no longer too bright - in fact, I love it!
Don't forget to budget $200-300 for some form of display color management. Note that Vista's UAC (user account control) will nail any loaded display profile, forcing you to reload it. There *are* alternatives to disabling UAC.
I'd recommend a 64-bit O/S XP or Vista *only* if you are *sure* your peripherals have WHCL (hardware compatibility lab) or "signed" driver support - in fact if you choose Vista, it's required. I personally have *never* accepted anything less than signed drivers for years now, and as a result have never had a "blue screen".
You'll probably be budgeting an office application as well - I'd strongly recommend MS-Office 2007 basic; it's E-Mail client no longer relies on the system bowser to render HTML - reducing probably the single most exploited inroad to system security; email and it's ever-present spam / malicious attachments / bogus website links.
Finally - security / bug fixes for *all* operating systems is a continuing process, not an end achievement - keep it patched and updated!
2K is a nice budget! Have fun!