I'm a bit out of date on keeping up with the latest and greatest. I built and kept upgraded over the years, a very decent XP system that still meets 95% of my needs. Unfortunately, with the impending end of XP support, I feel the need to build a new win 7 box. My current hardware configuration just can't continue to be upgraded, so I guess I'm starting fresh. I could use suggestions and critiques of my proposed hardware. I'm fairly sure about several components, but less sure about others. Please and thank you! :-)
Approximate Purchase Date: <30 days
Budget Range: $1500-2000
System Usage from Most to Least Important: (1) ArcGIS; (2) SAS / R / python programming for statistical modeling; (3) photo / video editing; (4) gaming
Are you buying a monitor: Reusing a 24" 1080p, will add a second one eventually.
Parts to Upgrade: Everything except peripherals.
Do you need to buy OS: Yes - Win 7 pro 64
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: amazon (I have prime)/ newegg.com
Location: NE Mississippi
Parts Preferences: intel cpu, WD caviar black hdd
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 - want to eventually set up a second in portrait mode for reading and writing
Additional Comments: I want a powerful, stable workstation for doing intensive GIS work and other programming tasks. I'm also going to be managing a large photo collection and would like to be able to play an occasional game (skyrim and whatnot) without the framerate suffering.
Why Are You Upgrading: I've been happily running XP, but with the impending demise of that OS, I'm forced to upgrade to run Win 7. My existing hardware won't support 7, and I'd like to just go ahead and set up a workstation that will last me for a long while.
Software I'll be running:
Windows 7 pro 64
Python and R
Office 2003 pro (hate newer versions, but may be forced to upgrade)
List of any parts you have already selected with descriptively labeled links for parts.
RAIDMAX SMILODON Extreme Black ATX-612WEB 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case
* Have one already, very happy with it. Prefer a solid steel, very heavy case. Don't care about looks.
Item #:N82E16811156078 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-2133C9D-16GXH
*Not at all sure about this selection, but want >= 16 GB of RAM and want it fast.
Item #:N82E16820231571 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Power supply - not sure yet, will add up needs from all selected components.
CPU heat sink - may overclock, so want some overkill.
Cooling system - probably go fan cooled.
Blu-ray player - have one, but might buy another if it comes with updated software bundle, because my bundle expired and doesn't play new discs.
12 threads will destroy anything you throw at it, and the included CPU cooler is damn quiet, and will allow some decent overclocking as well. The 770 will do well not just for gaming, but has CUDA as well. This setup will be great, with easy ability to upgrade RAM as well. You could even go to 4x8GB sticks to be able to upgrade to 64GB of RAM, but 32GB should be fine.