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Building a Multitasking System

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December 30, 2008 10:03:26 PM

I am ready to get some new equipment to build a new multitasking system.
I play games BF2, Brothers in Arms, Company of Heroes.
I use applications like Photoshop CS4, Premiere CS4, Acrobat.
I work with MasterCAM and AutoCAD as well.
I may have FireFox, PS, MasterCAM, AutoCAD plus other apps running at one time.

My current system:
MOBO: DFI LANPARTY nF4 SLI-DR
Memory: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 1GB) 3200
Vid Card: EVGA GeForce 8800GTS 640MB
CPU: AMD Opteron 185 Denmark 2.6GHz
CPU Cooler: TT BIG TYPHOON CL-P0114 120mm
Harddrives: 1 - 74gb WD Raptor
3 - 80GB Maxtor SATA
PS: Thermaltake Tough Power 700W

I understand that most apps. still don't support quad cores so I think a fat dual core is the way to go.
I will not pay over $300.00 for a processor. Intel is screwing everybody charging $1000.00 for a damn processor.
This look good, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I will be using anywhere from 8-16 gigs of ram (MasterCAM love lots of ram.)
I have had good luck with G.Skill ram but I found a 8 gig (4x2) kit that looks good. I can try the 8 first and
see where it takes me. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I may want to stay with Nvidia because they seem to be,IMO, the better overall card. I speak from experience because of
the many work apps. I have used with them,specifically EVGA. I know the ATI has another gig of ram, makes me want to take a look at it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I have a ThermalTake 700 watt PS right now. Should I move up to 1000 just to be safe.
The idea of paying $300.00 for a power supply makes me nauseous.

Are the 775 Intel slots going to be around for a awhile?
I like this Gigabyte http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As far as HDDs I am going to move to WD Velociraptors. These things smoke!
I will switch to solid state drives when they get real on the pricing.

I do need a little discussion to help me iron out the details.
Thanks

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December 31, 2008 12:23:51 AM

You are missing the point.

When we say that most apps aren't coded for multiple cores, we are talking about single applications. You however are talking about having multiple applications open and working at the same time.

Each application can be assigned to a core. Vista will handle this automatically to some degree, or you can assign affinities in Task Manager.

You need a Q9550. The UD3R is fine.

I'm not sure why you would think you need a 1KW PSU? Was there something I missed? Thermaltake only makes a few good PSUs. I don't know which one you have. Possibly if it's old it doesn't have the amps on the 12V rail to handle a GTX 280.

This PSU would cover your system with extra room:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
The red one is an exceptional value. Apparently they couldn't sell red.

Much of your list of apps would benefit a great deal from i7. You could build an i7 system for about $350 more than what you are spending on this, although max RAM would be 12GB.

See my guide, linked in my sig, for more help.
December 31, 2008 1:51:45 AM

Proximon said:
You are missing the point.

When we say that most apps aren't coded for multiple cores, we are talking about single applications. You however are talking about having multiple applications open and working at the same time.

Each application can be assigned to a core. Vista will handle this automatically to some degree, or you can assign affinities in Task Manager.



Ok, wasn't sure about that, thanks for keying me in on that. So a quad core is in order then.

Quote:
You need a Q9550. The UD3R is fine.


Much of your list of apps would benefit a great deal from i7. You could build an i7 system for about $350 more than what you are spending on this, although max RAM would be 12GB.


You are right, The i7 looks nice and that would be a system that would last me for years. I looked at some of the bench marks for it and they were phenomenal.

Quote:
I'm not sure why you would think you need a 1KW PSU? Was there something I missed? Thermaltake only makes a few good PSUs. I don't know which one you have. Possibly if it's old it doesn't have the amps on the 12V rail to handle a GTX 280.

This PSU would cover your system with extra room:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
The red one is an exceptional value. Apparently they couldn't sell red.
See my guide, linked in my sig, for more help.

Well I just wasn't sure if I needed to boost the power a bit. The TT PSU I have now is pretty nice.
this is it, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thanks for your advice! I really appreciate it because I want to get the get the best components I can for the money.
want to keep tweaking my hit list until I get all the right gear.
I am going to study your guides to see what I can learn.
December 31, 2008 2:08:15 AM

Yeah the TT will work fine. Not my first choice, but no need to replace it either.

You may want to look at 1600Mhz DDR3 RAM. I'm seeing some benchmarks surfacing that indicate enough gains in apps like yours to make the extra expense worthwhile. It's not a big jump in price.
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