I’m in the research phase of putting together a build targeted at work and gaming. Elaborating on these a little more; work is Software Engineering (so lots of multi-threading and CPU intensive activities). Gaming is upper mid-level; I already have a decent GFX card and run Eyefinity over 4 monitors. Yes I’m also intending to overclock and run SLI/XFire.
The real important points of this build are flexibility, overclocking and future proofing. I build once every 6 to 8 years then run upgrades till it’s basically filled out and obsolete.
Please, if you have any suggestions/contradictions they would be welcome!
CPU: I considered the FX-9370 but realistically it gets destroyed by the i5 and would only serve a minor advantage when compiling code/running multi-threaded applications. Plus I said work AND gaming so it’s got to be the i5. Budget won’t quite stretch to i7 sadly.
Cooling: I though the x60 would simply be overkill on that i5 chip. Of course there’s the Noctua NH-D15 but it’s kind of big and ugly.
RAM: I’m considering upping to 16GB; RAM cache/disks are great fun plus I work on VMs a great deal and 8 seems a little low.
MB: I considered the ASUS z97 Deluxe; I had heard that ASUS were a little bit ahead with their BIOS and software management right now. But really I need suggestions here. I’m after the best in the mid bracket really.
Case: 630 Phantom, simply because it seems to be the best available around the price… saying that I don’t like what I’ve heard about the HDD mounts. Also the fan control seems a little pointless given that fan control will be handed off to the software anyway. Compounded by the fact it’s only single channel! Seems like a chocolate fireguard? I would welcome alternatives, as long as it’s BIG AND BLACK.
Thanks for taking the time to look over my plan. Any input or criticism is eagerly welcomed!