So I'm currently using a laptop I bought 8 years ago. It was a good one at the time but it's starting to show it's limitations and I need to stop being a skin flint and drop a dime on a new computer. I've been reading Tom's for about 6 months to get a feel for where the bleeding edge is so I can purchase a system one or two small steps down from that.
I'm an Engineer and I want to have a machine that can run some serious software. SolidWorks, CATIA, probably some CFD and FEM simulations. I was also thinking of loading some flight simulators (MS flight simulator and X plane 9) and maybe even a game or two. Simply put I want a high end machine without wasting four times the money to get a 10% improvement. For stability I was planning on not overclocking or mildly overclocking. If I can live with some instability could I overclock similar to what they did in the system builder marathon? I'm the kind of guy who buys a computer once every 5 to 10 years and expect it to run for that long.
I read the recent March 2010 system builder marathon and thought the $3000 performance system was about what I was considering with the possible change of switching the graphics card to an Nvidia Quaddro 1800 (though the 3800 are under $900, I just can not bring myself to drop 3 grand on a 5800.) My question is, what is the difference between a Gigabyte X58 UD7 and Extream? I looked at the website and I couldn't see much that jumped out at me as different. I may wait a couple of more months for prices to drop.
Also does anyone know if the Nvidia Fermi core will be used to launce a new generation of Quaddro cards? If they do the older high end cards will get a serious price drop. Come to think of it the idea of using the GPU to offload processing would probably work very well in CAD.
The X58A-UD7 has no-native support for SATA-600 and USB3.0. That's the difference. It's only an update of the other mobo. Both of them are amazing mobos. Anyway, I would consider the ASUS P6X58D PREMIUM too (I like it more...).
Thanks for the quick reply Henry. I was leaning toward the Gigabyte for an i7-920 system and when the System builder marathon used exactly that I was very happy. I could use there components and settings and get a darn snappy machine. Though I've built a few computers before I'm not really a close follower of the industy. Pretty much everytime I feel ready for a new computer I read Tom's Hardware for a few months and when I feel comfortable, dive in. PriceGrabber didn't even list the UD7, only the extream. I guess with the update to USB 3 and SATA 3 the previous model is deprecated.
Thanks for the damned if I do, damned if I don't point. Now I'll never know whether to go with new technology or the tried and true. As an engineer I see the glass as having a spillage factor of safty = 2.
I see the glass as having a spillage factor of safty = 2
Thanks for the damned if I do, damned if I don't point
Sorry for that, but, I'm fairly disgusted with the whole situation... Gb brought out exactly one second-gen board with the termination problems fixed (GA-EX58-UD3R rev 1.6/1.7) before the marketing guys had 'em 'off to the races' again, with new tech that'll take another nine months to 'mature'. I've given up - want to 'twiddle' with an i7 (especially since the hexacore releases!), but next workstation upgrade will be a server board (Tyan 7025: http://www.tyan.com/product_SKU_spec.aspx?ProductType=M... ), as the server guys can't afford to 'twiddle' with 'iffy' hardware...