Hi. First time post with first time build here. I think that I’ve done my research, having read many posts and articles here on Tom’s Hardware. Still, I’d be shocked if I have these specs right, given that I'm a rookie. With luck, this post will merit your comments, which I would be greatly appreciate. Please, don’t hold back.
I’m an architecture faculty member who needs a computer to learn Maya and other modeling / rendering programs and for ‘occasional’ gaming (various FPS’s). Assuming it’s realistic, I’d like to be able to upgrade the computer in a couple of years to give it a boost as technology develops (hence i7 and Crossfire/SLI rather than the components suggested in the Mid-Range System Build found in the Builder’s Marathon).
Following theAnimal’s suggestioned format, here is my build info:
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: one to two weeks
BUDGET RANGE: 1,000 to 1,200 USD
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Pretense: Maya. Actual: FPS Gaming
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, mouse, keyboard, speakers, Windows Vista 64
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com because it’s all I see around here, but I’m open to suggestions
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel and NVidia, though I’m open to suggestions.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes, but later
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 on an HP W2207
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Quiet would be nice, as would Bluetooth capabilities.
Next dont get the WD green, get the WD Black...these are the high performance drives...
gkay, thanks for the comments. I've been reading to better understand the difference between the WD Black and Green series but it is over-my-head. Is the buffer size the thing that makes the Black better than the Green?