hey, looking to build a pc and dont want to have to upgrade for a while so here is what i am thinking. I also need advice on a power supply.
i am thinking QX9450 oc to 3.5-4ghz
4 gb ram
either 3 hd in raid 5 or maybe 4 in raid 0...still researching that one.
dual vga 2 - 4870s or maybe 2 gtx 280(may not get so much but mainly wanting to know for power purposes)
sound blaster xfi
couple dvd burners...
its been a while since i upgraded and I just would like some advice on the subject. Also didnt know if it would be worth waiting on the core i7 or doing core 2 quad...i will be waiting tell first of the year to do it.
Any ideas or advice will be appreiated. oh and i know it will be asked so i will mention it will mostly be used for everyday things plus gaming and photo editing. I know it will be overkill right now..but i am thinking in 3 or 4 years it will still be sufficent.
thank you for the effort in putting that together. and actually i didnt mean to pu the x there...i was actually thinking of the proc you mentioned. i am a musician and agervatingly picky about sound. So i guess i could try it out...but at the same time i am a little obsessed with max performance within a resonable price range. I look at a lot of reviews and charts. I am very heavly considering 4 hds in raid 0. I dont care about a failing disk. that is what dvds and jump drives(and the internet) are for...back up. I have a 4.1 klipsch set i still use and sounds great. its the older thx cert. set. got a couple of questions
in 4 years do you think a 4870 will be able to handle the games...even in crossfire. which you can always buy another one later when the games are actually made to work better with it. (knowing me i would rather spend more on 2 newer cards if i decided to wait....lol)
also, what is the difference between the extreme proc and the one you mentioned. same everything except clock speed which you will have if overclocked? is there a difference in mem controller?
also, will performance ram at tighter settinsg perform better then normal faster clocked ram?
A lot of what i do is peace of mind....i hate regreting and would rather buy what i want(knowing it is the best within my given price rang) now instead of buying ok now and spending it again later to upgrade.
oh, and what i'm also thinking is the q9550 and the x45 series chipset boards will be much much cheaper after the first ofthe year when they fade out those and start really pushing core i7 I want really good(i like have better then average), but i'm not loaded...lol i am a ebayer through and though...bargan hunter!
well, since i will be using tax refund..i am forced to wait.lol..which may be to my good. Just depends on how fast core i7 will drop. it will be feb or maybe even march before it can happen....so we will see.
the challenge of OC-ing a Q9450 to 3.6ghz is possible but beyond that is quite difficult. 4ghz is pretty much impossible for 24/7 operation. i've read many many many forums on the Q9450 as i have one myself, and i never read that a person has achieved a 4ghz 24/7 computer. one guy hit 4ghz running 500 fsb, it made it all the way through windows and enough for a screenshot, then he had to take it back down.
the Q9550 would hit a higher OC with the 8.5 multi, these chips have a fsb wall of around 450, so unless you wanna go over that limit somehow to reach the magical 4ghz, so good luck w/that, i wouldn't advise it, maybe a 3.4ghz OC with the Q9550.
and if you do want to achieve a great overclock, make sure all your other parts are top notch to handle the stress.