So I’m building a new system. Here are my goals: a quite, powerhouse of a system, used for gaming and editing and multimedia. I’d like to use two monitors, which may interrupt with SLi. One during gaming is fine. Oh, and the second monitor is a 32” LCD TV. I’d like to do this for less than 1k.
I’ve already picked out some parts for this kind of system. I was hoping you guys could review this and let me know pitfalls of my design. Unnecessary parts, or better things I should consider. Pretty much I’m looking for your expertise. Thanks guys, you must get a lot of these. Know that we appreciate it.
I’ll first show you what I have then we go into the new parts I’m considering.
SLI is fine for your system needs, but you must remember that it will be expensive. If that makes no difference to you, go for it. Get whatever you can for it, but I will warn you, it'll be difficult to keep it under/around $1000. The SLI configuration will have no effect on the dual monitor setup, with the exception of making it run faster, of course. Same thing goes for crossfire.
The equation is simple at this point in time:
For the main purpose of the computer, if it is
Gaming + Video Editing/other render-intensive activities = SLI/Crossfire
Anything else = Not SLI/Crossfire
On another note, the Motherboard that you want, if it supports SLI, and you don't want SLI you can choose to not do SLI and run in single card mode. Again, same thing goes for Crossfire
I can't say that you're going to get a "powerhouse" on $1000, you probably need to double that in order to get the best performance. But what you have listed can probably get you a decent system.
I'd go with an Opteron 165 and OC it with a DFI mb. Corsair, mushkin or ocz ram 2 x 1gb. For the amount that you have listed for your video card the best you can afford is the 7600GT, I'd push that up to $300 if you can and get the 7900GT.
I'd personally wait for conroe, vista, 65nm am2 cpus and dx10 but that depends on how long you can wait.
I suppose "powerhouse" is the wrong word, I mean "powerhouse" compared to my current system. I mean I currently run the Adobe suite, 3D progs, and World of Warcraft on my system (not at the same time), its just slow and not at the best resolution.
I've heard you can't use two monitors in SLi mode. This would suck. Anybody have experience with this?