I'll be using this build with 2 x 22" WS at 1650x1080 for gfx programming (opengl), gaming, watching movies, ...; multitasking alot.
It will be up more or less 24/7 in my bedroom, so quiet components are preferred, not at the cost of too much performance/cash though.
Current Build: ~ $1550 (PSU still missing)
This is what I came up with after doing a bit of research (new to self-builds though):
2x Samsung SpinPoint T166 500GB 16MB SATA II (HD501LJ), ~$90 each
just found the HD502LJ on newegg, so can't give a link, any differences?
1x Samsung SpinPoint F1 1000GB 32MB SATA II (HD103UJ), $179.00 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- would be using the 2 500GB ones in raid 0 for some speed, and the 1GB one because I always seem to run out of disk space. The T166 are said to be silent; took the F1 for no special reason apart from sticking to one manufacturer for all of them.
Any comments welcome. Budget is an issue, but not a big one. So if I get a considerably faster system for ~200$ more, I'd go for it (wouldn't mind spending less for an equally powerful system though either).
and since I'm new to building systems myself: Will it all fit together?
I might also want a cooler for the gfx card (and maybe CPU)?
PS I'm from austria, so prices and availability might differ; all of the above is available here without problems (gfx card not before next week ofc).
If you typically process one large file sequentially, then raid-0 can help. If you read an input file, process it, then write it out, two simple drives would be better. Put the input on one, and the output on the other.
I would suggest the Antec P182 case, very quiet, good cooling, and more room than the Solo. All hard drives are mounted on soft silicone isolation mounts. 182 has better wire management and far better cooling. It is a little bigger, but worth having the extra space for future expansion and functionality. HIS has a better rep for customer support than Sapphire, although I personally haven't had to utilize Sapphire's support so I can't speak from my own experience on this. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... nice modular unit, I am a fan of modular PS cabling, its nice to use only what you need for improved airflow. The Corsair units review well.
Also check out TH's recent 260/280 GTX review for more numbers on the GX2.
Of course if you did get the GX2 you would have to get a SLI capable mobo if you wanted the option of throwing in another GPU sometime in the future. It looks like you're interested in that, so you'd have to dump the X38.
Also, I'd imagine the GX2 is noisier than a single 4870. However, TH's 280 GTX review suggests the GX2 is relatively quiet compared to the other high end cards they looked at. It's also very close to the 4870 in terms of power consumption according to the Anandtech article I posted. So I don't think the 4870 would have a big advantage in either area.
for the PSU, I guess I'll go for the Corsair TX 750W, looks good enough and should run quieter than the 650 at same power consumption? On top of that, I might get crazy on disks/XFire/additional stuff, so might need it at some point anyway
Thanks for the hint on the mainboard, will get the P5E deluxe.
Raid idea is done with, I'll just stick to one Spinpoint F1 1TB for now, as it got the same performance/noise as the 750 one, and upgrade with another one when needed.
The P182 indeed looks tempting, but I kinda hate doors on cases, so will stick to the SOLO, thanks for the link though.
GX2 looks tempting too, but it's 50% more expensive than the 4870 over here, and I personally like ATI better, so I'll stick to one 4870 for the start, and get another one if I need more performance (for ~30% more cash than a single GX2).
For cooling, I'll go with the stock CPU cooler (not planning on overclocking for now) and look for a GPU cooler once it's all assembled, to be sure I got enough space in the case. The passive ones are rather big and I had some trouble fitting the one for my current gfx card in. They are rather quick to install anyway.
/off to order stuff \o/
Thanks for the advice again. Can't wait for the 4870 to hit the shelves ...
PS @geofelt: you're right, been thinking about 24" aswell, but since I got one 22" already, I'll just get the same model again. 2 different screens are kinda annoying. Might get myself 2 24" for christmas or something
The Solo is a great case. Quiet, with no fussy doors.
I have been looking at upgrading my vga card, and found out that most of the high powered cards like the 8800GTX,9800GX2, gtx 280 are over 10" long, and won't fit. You would have to mod the drive cage a bit and give up one drive slot. It looks easy enough to do. The 4870, on the other hand, is a more normal length card which should be no problem. I particularly like the two slot cooler which directs the hot vga air directly out the back of the case. If they get the fan speed control right, it should be quiet normally, only ramping up under heavy load.
I would suggest getting the cpu cooler initially. You can only install them properly while the motherboard is still outside of the case. If it is a back plate mount, you have to remove the motherboard. If it is a pushpin mount, you should be able to look at the pins from the back of the motherboard to be certain that they are properly all the way through. The pins are tricky, and it is easy to get it wrong, and not know it. In addition, a 4870 class vga card will generate lots of heat. It would help to use a oem cpu cooler, even if you do not overclock.