Thanks for fast responses.
The main questions seems to be:
Cheap vs expensive CPU? If I can be sure that a cheaper one can handle the large screen most of the time, even when working with photoshop, then I cannot see the reason buying a more expensive one.
I'm sure about
I will go for integrated graphic card.
I will go for mATX.HFat:
I totally agree that I probably don't need that much power for most of my needs. For my studies, the biggest things of importance is SSD harddrive and enough of ram I guess. CPU with hypherthreading and many cores is of no use here (If we need to do really large parallel computations in school, we can use supercomputers via ssh). The thinkpad is actually working even with the big screen for this purposes. But I want to work with photoshop sometimes too.Thierry:
Its no idea to use a load of Photoshop with the thinkpad because of the lag and heat. For the moment I just edit exposure and such stuff in the camera RAW program.CA_Steve:Is this your x220's config or is it something different? If it's an i5 mobile, then it's a dual core CPU with hyperthreading. Is there only 4GB of RAM in there?
Its not really the same. It is a bit customized
* i3 CPU: http://ark.intel.com/products/53438/
* 8 GB ram
* 60GB SSD + 500GBWhat are you using for image editing apps? Does it make use of multi-core/multithreaded CPUs? Does it make use of Open CL/GL for hardware acceleration?
As said above. Photoshop and RAW editor. Photoshop can use Open GL for hardware acceleration.What's your 1440p monitor and what inputs does it have? Some mobos and monitors have compatibility issues at 1440p.
It is a DELL U2713HM with Display port.i5. 4 physical cores will be useful. Hyperthreading in the i7 might be...but probably not worth another $100.
I know that Photoshop can use hyphertreading and also is able to use a lot of ram (>32GB). But since I mostly not have 1GB large photoshop files with a lot of layers (mostly its enough using camera RAW) I dont know if I want to spend that much money extra just for the computer to run smooth in 1% of the time I use it.Here's a basic build:
i5. 4 physical cores will be useful. Hyperthreading in the i7 might be...but probably not worth another $100.
How much better is the i5 over the i3 if i do not go for hyper-threading. And if I do chose the i7 is there any problems with heat => fans => noise?2 x 4GB DDR3 1600 CL9 RAM (do you work with huge images or run scripts that require lots of memory? If not, 8GB should do)
I think i will go for 16GB here. Cannot se the reason not doing that? I often have a lot of things working at the same time.SSD for OS/apps/working data (250GB Samsung Evo)
HDD for data storage. (WD Red or Green)
I already own a 128GB ssd and going for another ssd too.mobo for linux (you should visit phoronix for best mobo compatibility).
Yes, that is a nice site. Should check that out.PSU. <150W needed. Seasonic G360 is cheapest, good solution. Next step up is the Corsair RM 450. Then we head into $100+ solutions.
After reading some of these here at the forum, it seems to be a big problem with cold-whine? You do not see that as a problem. Some people may have bought up to four ex. of the same model, dont want to do that. BeQuiet, what do you think of their PSUs?Case. For mATX, I like the Fractal Design Define Mini. For ATX, the Fractal Define R4. There are many others.
I think I will go for a mATX and the Define Mini seems to be a nice one.optional: gfx card...may or may not be useful...depends on answers above.
Ok.. I think i need to think about the budget too. I guess if it will work with the inbuild GPU I'll go for that.