Need some setup recommendations/advice
I want a new computer and as much as I'm compelled to grab a new quad core MBP I want an SSD and storage without going optibay so I'm thinking hold off on getting a new notebook until they include USB3 and have some sort of SSD/HD compromise.
sandybridge i7 quad
ssd system drive
1-2 tb drive for media
internal time machine/backup drive
4 ram slots (2x4gb to start)
dual monitor support (+hdmi out)
I do some light audio work and video editing. I want to be able to have safari/mail/itunes/preview/textedit/transmission/frostwire open and have enough power to open photoshop or logic and do a quick project without a thought of quitting everything else to free up resources. i'll up memory to 16 gb in the future. gaming isn't a worry and i'm fine with staying wired for ethernet and usb keyboard. i was thinking bluetooth dongle to a magic mouse? or wired is fine.
i'm not a pro when it comes to command line stuff, i have a dell mini 9 hackintosh that works well for it's purpose, so moderate experience. i have enough knowledge that putting together a system feels like a fun project provided the resources and support is there. so with that said where do i start? any links to sandy bridge builds?
processor & motherboard: i read a recommendation for the Asus P8P67 motherboard along with an i7-2600K @ 3.4 GHz. I notice there are half a dozen variations on this board from $140 to $300ish, what is the difference?
I'm trying to go as budget as possible while meeting the wants i outlined above.
drives: what size ssd should i choose for os & applications (anything else i'm going to want on there?) i was thinking ~80gb. for data i was considering either a single 2TB or possibly 2 1TB in a raid setup and then using a 2 or 3 gb drive for backup. will i have any trouble setting up the internal drive for time machine? is the benefit of setting up a raid for data worth the hassle?
power supply: how big do i need? 500W? is there a way to determine an ideal wattage for a given setup and anything to look for or stay away from?
video card: radeon 5750? 5770? nvidia? i want dual dvi, and an hdmi port and reasonably capable. some 3d modelling is a possibility. very little gaming. hopefully $150 or less.
ram: is it important to have matched manufacturer & everything in each slot or is it fine to go 2 and 2 (buy 2 sticks now and upgrade with 2 more in the future)
i don't entirely know where to start so i'd be grateful for some advice.
or tell me reasons i should bail and get the mbp.
if i go the hackintosh route i'm looking to spend 1000-1200 on everything. does that sound doable?