I am putting together a new sytem which will be largely for music production. The main apps I use can make use of as many cores as you throw at them so I belive Quad core would have a large performance advantage over dual core.
My dilema is whether to buy a cheaper Dual core and wait for Quad core prices to fall in a year or so or alternatively jump straight in and blow absurd sums on a Quad core.
If I were to opt for a dual core, would I be able to get a motherboard which is ´future proof´(to some extent!). My experience in the past is that by the time I decide I need more grunt, I end up having to replace CPU, MB, RAM and all as everything has advanced so much. If I buy one of the new intel Bearlake chipset boards such as the Gigabyte DS3 (when it comes out) along with 800MHz DDR2, will I be likely to be able to install the next generation of CPUs when they come out? Or will I yet again have to replace the whole lot? For that matter, what is the road map with intel CPUS, FSB speeds etc etc. I am a bit lost!
Yes, I was leaning towards saving $300 and waiting for Quad cores to come down to a sensible price.. however it is a tricky one. If, for example I have to wait for a year for a quad core to cost $300 (a complete wild guess) then at that point my old C2D will be worthless so I will have forked out a total of $200 for the C2D then $300 for the Quad. Where as if I spend $500 now on a quad I will have the use of it for an extra year for the same overall cost.
Wht will be the advantages of the 45nm Quad cores over the current ones.. this could be a deciding factor on whether I wait or not.
I guess if I go for a C2D knowing that it will be replaced next year I would be better off saving some cash and getting an e6600 or even an e6420 rather than the e6700.
You may have missed the point... this system will not be for games. Audio apps such as Cubase can utilise all four cores and so a very large performance increase would result.
Furthermore, anything more than a light overclock is undesireable as more heat equals more fans at higher speeds equals more noise equals very bad for music production. (I am already planning on using the biggest heatsinks and quitest fan and PSU components I can get my hands on)
Yes I have looked into water cooling but it is pretty expensive and I reckon with a well designed air cooled system you can go pretty quiet anyway. Noise damping is an option but a decent case like the Antec p150 has heavy steel walls which deadens a lot of the sound anyway.. besides even with damping there always have to be holes in the case from where the sound can escape.. the best focus is on using large slow quiet fans and large heatsinks and running the system cool and using as little power as possible so as to require less fanning... something which flies in the face of overclocking unfortunately.