Hi guys, I joined the community a few days ago with a question about upgrading my graphics card. I've decided to go all in and go for a new build.
I've got a couple of questions, firstly should I go for 32 bit or 64 bit? I have access to [legal] versions of XP Pro, Vista Ultimate and Windows 7 (when it arrives) in both 32 and 64.
I understand with 32 bit I am capped at 4 GB RAM.
The PC will be used for general computing, casual gaming and engineering CAD.
Depending on my money situation I will most likely go with a AMD Phenom II X4 Quad Core 955 Black Edition overclocked to around 3.8GHz or an Intel Core i7 920 overclocked to around 4 GHz.
This brings me round to my next question - will the i7 be worth the extra money? I have always had Intel so am no too sure about AMD.
I appreciate any advice, as the title says, this will be my first complete build, in the past I have just upgraded.
1) Get the 64 bit of Win7! There is no reason now not to get a 64 bit system. It will allow you to see & use all your RAM. The support is much better since the days of XP 64 bit.
2) If you are going to be doing a lot of CAD work, I would recommend the Core i7 920. It os the best CPU for those types of applications and worth the price difference. In other words, I would recommend buying the Core i7 920.
I'm pretty new to overclocking, I'll push the core up but that's about it. But for the extra £10 would it not be worth getting the water cooler? Again I've not used one of these before.
The H50 is a low end water cooling in sense of performance. Either of the two other HSF will equal or out perform it in cooling. If you are wanting water cooling, you are looking at about $300 for a good water cooling system.
Sorry, another question, but I just noticed you have a VelociRaptor - have you seen a big improvement with it?
I'm deciding between a 1 TB 7200RPM or the 300GB 10000RPM VelociRaptor.
I have noticed a difference but there are better options out now for less money and similar performance. I would recommend anyone of these over the VRaptor... Western Digital 640GB Black or Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB hard drives. Both are almost equal in speed for a 1/4 the price. If you want to pay for the VRaptors price, I say look at a SSD for much faster performance.