I am an Industrial Design student, and need a new system for school use primarily. I am looking to make it as future proof as possible - and make my big investment now, and have the option to upgrade/add more ram/hd/gfx down the line as needed.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: a few days to a week
BUDGET RANGE: $1000
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:
1) 3d Modeling & Rendering (maya/rhino/maxwell/hypershot),
2) Multitasking smoothly with photoshop/illustrator/indesign
3) gaming / movies
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitors (dual Samsung 223BW), speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
PARTS PREFERENCES: I was leaning toward the i7 as this seems to be the most advanced (future proof) chip/mobo combination out there right now. Antec for cases - or something of similar quality.
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (as part of upgrade path) SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe (as part of upgrade path)
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 2@ 1680x1050 (but would like to be able to have capacity for a bit more in the future - 1900x1200 x2)
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: A plain case is good - just want it to stay cool and quiet - no need for windows or lights.
Recommendations? I was thinking of a raid 0 array for speed, and an external drive for backup purposes. I don't want my system to bottleneck at the storage end of things, but a solid state drive seems expensive and a bit tweaky still compared to a pair of fast disks raided.
Wide open here- I'd like the option of dual video cards in the future, and also the option to OC the cpu, so some overhead in the psu would be good. The antec 300 case seems to fit the bill - perhaps that or similar. I think a few large fans are a good way to go- so preference towards those using 120mm fans vs. 80mm.
Thats the best I could do on two days with little sleep. Its hard because you also want to game, and have the ability to sli in the future. Also keep note you need thermal compound and a optical drive, which adds about $30 more. Ideally you should consider upping your budget to $1100.
Thanks for the update - if necessary it is okay to compromise the gaming - I would only really be running titles that are 1-2 years old - so no crysis 4 or FPS of the day for me. I am willing to reduce video performance in order to boost cpu for rendering/multitasking. So almost any reasonable vid card will do.
Also the reminder about thermal compound and optical drive is good - and if i have to i think i might be able to swing $1100.
Does the i7 make sense at this price range, or should I go for one of the Core2 Quads?
Grand total of 1,175 with $70 of rebates. I considered the ATI 4970 - but can get the combo deal with the GTX 260 - which seems to be about 10% faster- for almost the same price.
Is it worth it upgrading to 12GB of ram?
There is a combo with the CPU for a 12gig pack of OCZ gold. Not sure if that is even necessary at this point.
Is a 650W ps enough to use SLI in the future, as well as OC the chip?
Also welcome- any other general comments/suggestions on the build. Thanks!
Thanks. Will change to the 640gb WD blacks, bump up the PS to the 700w combo you listed. I am tempted to get that mobo from the other store..202 after rebate is a great price. Newegg has it for 259 - 20 rebate with another 20 off for combo deal w/ gfx card. Getting close as far as price goes.
Looks like all of the 2xx series of nvidia gpu's are CUDA-able. As far as i can tell, any of those will do the trick.
^ Just a heads up on the PSU...get the one that I had listed and not the other 700W as that one doesn't have the required power connectors for SLI and you would have to buy power adaptors for running SLI...