Like the Kohler commercial with a house built around a faucet... I would like to build the "Ultimate" computer around the i7-975 processor, the fastest processor on the planet! For this system, I'm looking for the "Ultimate"... the latest, greatest in all components (obtainable at online computer retailers, like NewEgg.com). Furthermore, it would be nice for me/forum readers... if this thread were to continue until the i7-975 processor is de-throned.
My needs are mainly in the workstation environment, however I don't mind if the "Ultimate" components suggested make the system a good gamer also... as far as overclocking goes, an adequate cooling system to run the i7-975 processor at a "constant" safe overclocked speed 24/7. For the components, as I said, I'm looking for the latest, greatest in technology, speed... as efficient, cool, quiet running as permissible. For storage, I like the idea of SLC SSD's in a Raid-0 configuration using a hardware PCI controller and a large Sata drive for backup. I want a great case/tower to support a very large efficient power supply. The "Ultimate" graphics setup -- I'm looking for suggestions. Ultimate motherboard, RAM configuration, basic components (DVD, Blue Ray, audio) etc. 24" or larger monitor.
It shows on the Intel website that the Core i7-920XM (is 2GHz, up to 3.20GHz with Turbo Boost). The Core i7-975 has a std. clock speed of 3.33GHz (don't know what max. it can go up to with Turbo Boost). To all, with a premium cooling system... what would be a conservative overclock/Turbo Boost rate for these cards to have available if tasking required it 24/7? As an example, let's say a conservative overclock/boost rate is +25%... so I could set the i7-975 to run at a max. of 4.16GHz vs. the i7-920XM that I could set to run at a max. of 2.50GHz. In this case, to me it would seem like the i7-975 processor is the way to go and worth the extra price. Remember, I'm looking for the "Ultimate" in all components. Thanks for the comments thus far... btk_1
Only addition I would make is more RAM, 9GB or more--anything else will be a matter of speculation, really.
You want "the best", just buy the newest released most expensive hardware, and relish in the fact that you have "the best hardware" but could have the same performance for much less money lol. Cost/Performance ratio is clearly not an issue here!