Looking for a computer to do everything well from web hosting and Photo editing to movie encoding and gaming. Max budget is 2200 USD, but I'm not seeing performance gains that really warrant spending much more than 1500 to have a decent system for the next 2 or so years.
Here's what I'm looking at so far, I'm definitely open to suggestions. I'm no computer novice but haven't really done too much with overclocking. I hear that these types of setups beg for it though.
Processor: Intel Q6600 quad
CPU Fan: ZALMAN CNPS9700
Any experience with this fan and the mobo below appreciated.
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L
Cheap so I could easily go to a SLI capable board if I wanted, depending on how GPU's and PCIe 2.0 shake out this year.
Over all looks good. If you haven't done so, check out the ASUS P5K E with or without WIFI, they have a lot more features then the Gigabyte, e.g., 6 SATA connectors, 3 PCI slots, and onboard eSATA and firewire. If you're not heavily overclociking the standard HSF will work. Antec makes really good cases, the Sonata III is nice and comes with a good PSU and both the the 900 and 182 are nice. Antecs are quite and easy to work with.
Yeah, I am definitely leaning toward an antec (either of those two models look good).
Not sure if 2 more SATA connections are worth $50 to me, I will only have 3 devices, maybe 4 (won't use eSATA or firewire). I want a cheap motherboard because that will probably be the first thing I upgrade...
I will probably overclock as much as I can get away with using air cooling.
I really wouldn't recommend running your dedicated web page off your personal box. You will be needing IIS with windows, don't even look at apache. The reason i would stay clear of running a dedicated web page off your PC is that your documents and files will be at constant risk.
Running confidential information inside a DMZ is never a good idea.
Haha, I know about the security risks, I'm not worried about it. The only people who would ever even find the site is my Friends and Family and all of the 'confidental' information is simply vacation pics of my wife and Family. I've been running the site on my current setup (AMD XP 3200) for over a year now with no issues.
If you set up IIS correctly, impersonation can only get you very limited access to the web server.