I am in process of buiding my new system and I am readying lot of impressive and interesting topics in last few weeks and I have put togather list of components for next build and I want informative input/suggestions and/or comment on it.
My primary goal is to build:
1. Fastest start, operatinig and multi tasking system possible. I work online for bank and do lot of multi tasking so I want my system FAST and QUITE!!!
2. I don't play any 3D PC games (only yahoo pool and chess sometimes) so I am don't care much about Xfire or SLI configurations.
3. I do not plan to OC'ing but might want to explore in future.
4. I have tried and installed working OS X 10.5.2 on my 2 other PC's with success so I might will try to install OS X 10.5.2 for hack of it (if it does not work, no big deal)
5. I know I know everyone wants future proof systems but after working in IT for more then 14 years, believe me there is no such thing as "100% future proof" but I always can try to stick with current or new techonologies.
6. I wanted to try DDR3 even though current prices are high and ordered GIGABYTE GA-EP35C-DS3R which have both DDR2 and DDR3 capabilities but got DOA and had to RMA it newegg. So unless I find more decent board with same capabilities I am putting off DDR3 idea
I already have most of the parts as you can see in my remarks, Only thing is left for me is to finalize MB, RAM, GPU, PSU.
Since I already RMA'd my GIGABYTE GA-EP35C-DS3R and I think I have bitter test now for Gigabyte MB's so looking more at ASUS's. I am big fan of XFX cards and using 3 of them on my current pc without any single issue.
I would appreciate if anyone has input on my idea for next build or make any help/suggestion to make decision for rest of the components from their experience.
If you aren't gaming at all you could use integrated graphics. Certianly a $94 card is probably over the top. There is a general dislike for intergated on THG but if you are running nothing larger than 22" or so monitor and doing/planning on doing no gaming then you could get away with it.
Look at the P5Q Pro- its only $10 more and it offers a better northbridge cooler and the 2nd PCI-E x16 slot. I know you have no interest in Crossfire, but the 2nd card is useful if you ever get into running dual monitors.
for the video card, since you are looking for something quiet, you may want to look for a company other than XFX as that card may be a little loud. You might look into passively cooled cards, or a card with a quieter aftermarket cooler.
1. I am looking at PSQ PRO and most specs are identical with PSQ but have better passive coolers installed and yes who knows I might use second card for dual/quad monitors in future
2. I want to get best RAM DDR2 in market which is DRR2 1200 and my mind is still leaning towards DDR3 if I find decent motherboard to match with, my other pc's already running OCZ DDR2 800 (4gb each) and i have no trouble with them at all but for this new build I want to go extreme just to satisfy my inner child l guess
3. For more quite Video card, after good remark from "the last resort" I am considering XFX 7300GT - $32.99. since I am not in to games, this card will provide enough power to drive my 30" monitor at highest resolution for my work.
2- That is fine, but you will get NO speed benefit from this setup and just spend extra money. Your call though. However, DDR2-1066/1200 RAM has issues on some motherboards. Tread carefully. DDR3 is equal/slower in speed for vastly higher price.
3. As long as its dual link yes. Look at the ATI 3850s also- you can find them around $90 and they are much better than 7300.