Hi all --
I've looked at the "System Guide" doc, and it looks pretty good, but kinda game-centric: that seems to be the basic assumption.
I'm not much into video games. I do a bit of streaming (from Netflix or the like), but frankly a Chromebook (with HDMI-out to my TV, when the family gathers) gives me everything I want there.
But my desktop system is old, and failing... monitor flickering, HDD throwing occasional sector errors, etc. Time for something new!
I want stability and reliability, not cutting- or bleeding-edge performance. Risk-averse, staid, stodgy... that's me!
<cough,cough> Pay no attention to the frothing, axe-wielding barbarian behind the curtain!
My heaviest uses would be:
* Web-browser with a LOT of tabs (I compose this post in my 15th of 43 tabs...) -- browser simultaneous with one of:
* Adobe Photoshop (CC2015.5... until they upgrade), working with 24MP RAW-format files
* maybe some of the big strategy games, occasionally; used to love Civ, for example... but it has been ages since I had time to play...
I'm thinking I probably need 16GB of RAM... is 2133 fast enough?
I probably want a multi-monitor setup... maybe PLP?
At first, I had expected to need at least a mid-grade gfx card... but my preliminary look-see says that Photoshop stills-processing (as opposed to video) doesn't much use most high-end GPU power; a decent onboard GPU in the CPU may well suffice... so maybe, any Skylake processor (which all, I understand, have notably-better GPU's than the prior generation of Intel's) ? Does the onboard video support 2-3 monitors?
Can anybody correct any errors I've made above, and/or help me pin down the uncertainties?
Can anybody direct me toward a more photographer-centric review than the TR "System Guide"? Or should I just look at those "Sweet Spot" builds? ... maybe just drop the video-card, or substitute a "budget" card? ... maybe bump the RAM in quantity (and/or speed?) ...
And, of course, I need some RAID or other backup -- but that's another thread! Here, I just want to figure out the system build...