I am a student soon to be majoring in Computer Engineering and figured it would be useful for me to build my first computer. I am expecting to be utilizing CAD programs, Matlab, lots of programming, etc with some light gaming when I can. I have pretty much settled on the following:
CPU: Intel i7 920
MOBO: EVGA X58 SLI LE Socket 1366 X58 ATX
PSU: Corsair Memory TX750W 750 Watt ATX 12V
HD: Seagate Technology Barracuda 500GB 7,200RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
OS: Vista with upgrade to 7
Case: Antec Nine Hundred Two
I am stuck on what graphics card and RAM to get. I just need a mid-range graphics card and probably about 6 GB of DDR3 RAM. I was suggested the following:
My hope is to use this computer for at least 3 years and have it able to expand (more memory, better graphics, potentially better CPU like i9). I am also interested in eventually overclocking it, but I am currently just starting to get familiar with OC via an old Pentium III. Any advice or suggestions?
If the HD is a Seagate 7200.12, it will be a little faster than a WD 640 Black (a single 500 GB platter instead of two 320 GB platters).
If it's a 7200.11, do not buy it. Some of the .11's had a firmware problem that bricked the drives. That problem was supposed to fixed in the .12's. For what it's worth, I use a mixture of WD Blacks as boot drives and WD Greens for storage in my computers.
The Antec cases do not come with a case speaker, but I am pretty sure the motherboard has one built in. At least my eVGA 680i did.
This is primarily a troubleshooting guide, but the first part contains a building checklist that should keep you from making the common mistakes that many first-time builders make.
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If you are not planning on two gfx cards theres no need to pay for an expensive SLI mb
Again if you are not planning on a second gf card then the 750 watt psu is overkill
650 would be plenty for a computer like that with a single gtx 260/275 or 4870/4890
jsc is totally right about the hard drive choices .
why_me not so right .
Thanks! I am going to end up going with the WD 1TB Black. The 640 seems kinda elusive and rare, and I figured that since I am still slightly under budget for this machine (<$1200) I might as well get the larger one and not have to upgrade till much much later.
I hope to eventually have multiple graphics cards which is why the PSU is kinda large as well as the board.