I'm planning for a new build and have sketched out some ideas and am looking for feedback. The system will be doing alot of video encoding, and will also be used for high gaming. My budget is under $2k (Canadian), and what I have so far uses every cent (based on my local prices).
Heres what I got so far:
Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 - Like the buck vs benchmark on this one, any other suggestions?
Motherboard: ASUS SKT.775 NVIDIA NF780I - I plan to do some modest OCing, need Sli, is this good?
Hard Drive (OS): Patriot Warp 64GB Solid State Hard Drive - This drive would be for OS and primary Apps, I was also considering doing a 3x500GB sata 2 raid5 config instead, but I like the idea of the speed in a solid state, does anyone have experience with these?
Hard Drive (everything else): Seagate 1TB SATA II 32MB
@ evongugg - Are you just going to go around suggesting i7 builds without even reading the original poster's needs/wants? It's not the first time you've done it today. The OP has a $2,000 CANADIAN budget. Posting an i7 build off of the US Newegg site in US dollars doesn't do him any good or fit his budget.
Shortstuff has a good conventional build..
If, however, you will be doing lots of video encoding, a good quad is the way to go. In the US, the Q9550 costs almost as much as the i7 920, and is nowhere near the same multi tasking performer. The problem is, that you need to pair it with a more expensive motherboard, and DDR3 ram. It may well be worth it.
Stay away from all MLC SSD's right now. They have a big problem with write delays. Only the 80gb Intel X25-M($600) is any good because it has a different control chip. A velociraptor is a much better bet for a fast OS drive right now.
For good gaming, stick with a single good video card. A 4870-1m, or GTX260-216 will give you very good gameplay.
I think i7 is a better choice today than 780i for that kind of money.
Newegg sells in Canada also.
The OP says he has not kept up with hardware.
I read his post.
I agree that i7 is a good option, but you should post Canadian links and values for a Canadian build. You also didn't list a GPU. Here's a revision of the i7 build that comes in under budget to allow you to pick up a version of 64-bit Vista:
I had originally gone with the SLi setup because I've setup SLi's in the past and was pretty happy with the performance I was getting vs a single card. By the sounds of it a single higher-end card is the way to go these days for your buck so thats likely what I'll do, @shortstuff - the card you suggested is a crossfire card, say a yr down the line I decide to add a second one, would you say crosffire card now would still be a good choice, I was always under the impression Sli>Crossfire, or at least it was at one time.
Also thanks for the tip on the memory, I'll go with the 2 2GB sticks instead.
@evongugg - now you have me drooling for an i7 lol . In terms of the price of the cpu its about the same as the q9550, but the cost of the motherboard and ddr3 kinda pushes my budget over the top, wifey won't approve. Unless of course you know of some cheaper boards that would do the trick?
@geofelt - thanks for the tip on the ssd's, I wasn't sure because I have no experience with them, the high speeds just had me hypnotized. Is it really worth going for a raptor these days though, or would a raid on a few sata II's get me close to the same level?
thanks for the recent reply, I missed it while I was posting mine. Our high canadian taxes may push this one over the top also, but at least its close and I may be able to persuade the wife, or at least tweak it down a bit, thanks!
Reading over your wants and needs, I also am going to say the core i7 maybe is the way to go. The core i7 rips up vidoe encoding on benchmarks compaired to the q9950.
Depending on your screen resolution 1920x1280 Nvidia gtx 260 or gtx 280 is the way to go. core i7 has made sli setups look impressive when compairing to ati/cf setups. In general I believe the gtx260 is just an overall better preformer than the 4870. Something you may want to do is look at some benchmark scores in games you play and determine which is best for your needs.
if your doing 2560x1600 then your probally going to want to go with ati/cf and do the 4870x2's in cf. This is where the real big dogs play with the 30' monitors and such. I don't believe that these are in your budget though. Maybe convince the wife you can watch TV on your monitor as well?
There is generally no real world(vs. synthetic transfer rate benchmarks) performance advantage to raid of any kind.
Go to www.storagereview.com at this link: http://faq.storagereview.com/tiki-index.php?page=Single...
There are some specific applications that will benefit, but
gaming is not one of them. Even if you have an application which reads one input file sequentially, and writes
it out, you will perform about as well by putting the input on one drive, and the output on the other.
Today, the best experience(IMHO) comes from a velociraptor as the OS and fast access drive. Add larger, slower storage drives for capacity if you need to. I have a velociraptor, and I feel it makes everything feel snappier.
The Antec 900 is a good case, but an Antec 300 is cheaper, and cools as well, if not better.