1 person found this helpful
Couple of remarks.
Are you using fibre or eSATA for your externals? Cable management for eSATA is important to maintain a good airflow and for fibre you need a controller card which may impact the cooling for the video card. If you intended to use FW or USB for externals, don't bother getting a new PC or CS5 for that matter. That would be a plain waste of money, just like installing a Porsche engine in a Fiat 500.
You may intend to use a Fermi GTX-480 card to use MPE with CS5. Realize that the idle temperature is 51 C and under load 94C or even higher. Cooling is of the utmost importance. Midtower chassis often do not have room for additional fans to create a wind tunnel, which you may need. Space below the videocard is needed to blow air to the video card.
Personally I would only use a big tower, for better cooling, for more space for internal disks and avoiding the cable mess with externals. Swappable drive cages are far easier and allow for many more disks.
Kind of what I was thinking but wasn
't positive so this helps a lot. Thank you for the quick and informative response. I realize that there is
a lot more planning involved in this than a typical pc haha. Got to do more research but thank you again.
I bought http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119196 which has 3 fans included and space for 2 more in the side (which I have) to blow outside air directly on the cards and motherboard
I also bought Corsair 850w http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139009
Everything else I am going to buy is in my notes http://www.pacifier.com/~jtsmith/ADOBE.HTM
I don't think I will have any cooling problems... but I also do NOT overclock