I'm currently trying to build a PC that I will mainly use for professional photo editing (Photoshop + Lightrroom etc.) but also for decent gaming.
My original budget was around $1,000 - $1,200 but seems like I exceeded it already.
Here are the components I've chosen so far:
To explain shorty each one of those...
I'm going with i7 4770K because the i7 4790K isn't available in my country yet and I DO want to overclock significantly.
The chosen mobo is the AsRock Extreme 4 but I'm already leaning towards the 'Asus MAXIMUS VII RANGER' as it's more serious and not much expensive than the AsRock (I just couldn't find it on the PcPartPicker)
16GB of RAM is minimum for serious Photoshop workflow and I might upgrade to 32GB in the future but for now I think I'll be fine with 16GB of RAM.
Now... the SSDs/HDD. This is where I spent a lot of time investigating and I found out that the I should have a separate SSD for the Photoshop's 'scratch disk'. And I've been told that 60GB is more than enough and that's why I chose the Kingston 60GB SSD for my Photoshop 'scratch disk'. The other (128GB) SSD from Samsung should be even faster and better and I'd be using it for the Windows OS and some other essential programs I'd frequently use. Lastly, I think I'll be fine with 2TB of standard HDD and I chose the 'Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB, 7200rpm' as it has good reviews and nice gb/$ ratio.
People were telling me that I'd be fine with 1 SSD only for OS and PS but others told me that in that case PS and OS would struggle working with the data from the same disk slowing my PC and that's the last thing I want. Some people even told me that I can use a small partition on the 2TB HDD drive for PS scratch disk but due to it's speed I'm not sure how efficient would that be.
So I definitely need some professional suggestions on that matter.
Moving on... The Graphics Card... I've been reading a lot about NVidia vs Radeon cards, advantages of GPU acceleration, CUDA cores etc. But again, a lot of different information everywhere and the more I read the more confused I get. On the link listed above I have the 'Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB DirectCU II Video Card' as recommended by many. It looks like a decent card, more than enough for Photo editing but probably not the best for gaming. I chose that one due to reviews, due to many people saying that NVidia will work much better with Intel CPUs than the Radeon cards, due to CUDA cores etc. But again, I'm not so sure about all those things after all. I definitely cannot exceed by budget for the Cuadro cards so the only thing I might consider is getting the competitor brand, in this case the 'XFX Radeon R9 280X 3GB Double Dissipation Video Card' which beats the GTX760 one on pretty much all Benchmarks and it's not much more expensive. The thing is that I don't want to compromise my professional work with gaming so if the Radeon card will give me better gaming experience but lower Photoshop experience as opposed to the GTX760, I guess I'd stay with the GTX760. If you think the Radeon card would be as good as the GTX760 for Photoshop then I might just add a but more money and get R9 280X card.
And lastly, the PSU. I'm pretty confident that I'd be ok with 600W supply as long as it's a decent one. I don't want to spend unnecessary money on the PSU but I don't want to cheap out on that and compromise my whole system. I think I should be looking for a 600W-750W supply which is semi or fully modular and has at 80+ Bronze or 80+ Gold stamp on it. On the link above I have the 'Corsair RM 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply' which had some great reviews and a decent price (a bit more than I originally planned but still not something abnormal). Do you think that supply would be enough or I should go for something higher (750W or more) or more efficient?
P.S. I do plan to overclock. Not sure exactly how much but probably I'd try to push the CPU to at least 4.2GHz, maybe even 4.4GHz-4.6GHz and that's where the cooling comes into play. I was told that even with the 'Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO' I should be ok regarding the temperatures but other told me to go for the 'Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BK 78.1 CFM CPU Cooler' or even the big 'Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Coolers'. Not to mention the cool guys suggesting water cooling which I would like to avoid, if possible.
Well, that would be all for now.
I appreciate in advance any suggestions you might have.