Hi, I am a first time builder building a system to be used primarily for stock trading (reason for the 2D card) and also as a multimedia machine for the fam after-hours. But not for any games.
My biggest concern.. do I have all of the parts that I need to build it? (Other than input devices, monitor which I still have to decide on). Will the power supply give me enough cooling? Do I need the extra fan?
Also, am I ok with just one hard-drive? I see people talking about RAID and I'm not sure how that would work. I've always had a laptop with just one hd.
Also, am I being crazy with top of the line processor, too much memory? I haven't bought a pc in a long time. Do I need the Thermal Compound?
Thank you for your comments. Part #'s are from Newegg.com.
Stock trading and playing movies? Are you kidding me with that Q9450 and $300 MB and Velociraptor? Your whole list is a collection of good parts that are all way overkill for the job. You've been reading forums populated by gamers, and their needs are not like yours.
You can get the job done very well for less than half the price.
Wow, I found a UK site selling this card for 317 pounds. So, for more than $600, you get your 4 monitors. With two HD 3450 cards you pay 10 times less and get HD support in hardware too. Good thing you asked before buying
Was there any other feature you wanted from that video card, apart from 4 outputs?
Aevm do you have a Creative sound card on Vista? Because I do, I have an X-Fi XtremeGamer installed with Vista Home Premium 32-bit and it's great. Please show proof where their drivers are bad..
Because you said, the computer will be used for multimedia for the family, I think the Audigy sound card you picked will be perfect.
The first of August 08, Creative did a full update for all cards, X-Fi and Audigy alike, in both XP and Vista, 32-bit and 64-bit flavors, and updated all software, drivers, ALchemy, console launcher. Below is a link to drivers and software for XtremeGamer.
Since the whole family will use it for multimedia, I would step it up the something like a 9600GT or HD 3850 which can be found for as low as $75. These cards are powerful enough to handle all you need and more.
For speakers, if you want 5.1 surround sound, go with Z-5500 like Aevm suggested. For stereo, go with the THX certified Logitech Z-2300 that are 2.1 speakers.
For cases, the Antec Sonata III will be fine. Definitely invest into a UPS, and maybe look into RAID 1 data mirroring if you need the extra security for sensitive data. Lots of screen real estate is a must I assume, so look into a 24" panel or 2 22" panels.
Yeah, I have an X-Fi XtremeMusic and dual-booting XP32 Media Center and Vista Home Premium 64-bit. TBH I haven't updated any Vista drivers in a long time - I use XP most of the time anyway. All right, I'll get the new drivers and see how that works. Thanks!
if you're making movies, or editing them, the video card still doesn't matter. Maybe get HD 3650 or 8600GT cards because they have 2 DVI outputs (rather than 1 VGA+1 DVI). What would really help when making movies is a quad CPU, preferably with SSE4 (Q9550 for example), and some fast hard disks. (Seagate 7200.11 or WD 640GB or Spinpoint F1).
Speaking of hard disks: a Velociraptor (1$/GB) and a WD 640GB (1$/8GB) are close in performance when working with large files, like videos. The Velociraptor's main advantage is when dealing with lots of small files. Maybe if you also have a huge collection of photos to edit, then the Raptor would make a bigger difference.