PURCHASE DATE: Within the week MAX BUDGET: $1300 SYSTEM USAGE: Games, Amateur Video Editing & Photo manips, Multimedia PARTS NOT REQUIRED: OS, Montor, or input devices PREFERRED WEBSITE FOR PARTS: newegg, but I'll buy elsewhere OVERCLOCKING: Amateur but will try SLI OR CROSSFIRE: In the future ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Trying to build something that'll last 4-5 years, or at least be easily upgradeable. I would like to dual-boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu... any advice as far as drivers and such go?
Yes the Corsair 850TX will do SLI without any hiccup and have power left over.
Prebuilt Pro's : comes assemble and software installed.
Cons' : 1yr warranty on parts, lower wattage PSU, lots of bloatware installed and Mobo Bios' are locked.
Building your own
Pro's : can pick which parts you want, customization of parts, software and mobo bios', warranties are usually max and get the best bang for your money. Plus the satification of building your own and being able and troble shooting it.
Cons : Time on building it.
I would like to dual-boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu... any advice as far as drivers and such go?
The way I would do a dual boot is either one of these ways which requires 2 HDD's.
Hotswapping HDD's : where you swap out the HDD on which OS you want to run at the time, which you would have to shutdown computer, then swap HDD and restart it.
Traditional Dual Boot : usually to partition the HDD into 2 partitions and then @ bootup, pick which OS you want to boot to. The way I do it is to get 2 HDD's and install a different OS on them, that way if you do have a HDD go bad (mechanically or do to corrutption) you always have the other OS on the other HDD. Same boot-up sequence as traditional Dual Boot.
So looking at your selection for HDD and if you will be going for a Dual Boot. I would suggest using 2 HDD's, preferrably either two 750gb's or 1tb's HDD's. This is the easiest one to do since you do not have to buy Hotswap trays.
Now I know when doing a Dual Boot of MS OS's, that you had to install the oldest one first (ex. : XP & then Vista), so I figure you would have to install MS first and tthen ubuntu.
I put the 100G win-backup partition in the 2nd hdd, which contains system backup images, drivers and software backups. It is safer and much faster when you restore a system image from a different hdd. The same thing for linux system, whose system backup I put in the 1st hdd. Then the huge 425G partitions are for music, videos and my works, which I will keep 2 copys on 2 hdds all the time for the important files, like my work.