This is my first post here and I need some help. I read the stickys and am doing my best to follow the rules. I am a web developer who mainly does graphics (Photoshop + Flash + text editor coding, but obviously that last one wont take much ). Right now I my Dell is dying on me (don't ever buy one, mine began to turn useless after a year and a half and it was the top of the line workstation they sold with every best option) and I have permission to build a top-notch system ASAP that I can use for roughly the next 3- 4 years. I would like to keep the budget under $4k to allow money to buy new monitors, but if it takes a little bit more to go that extra mile thats ok. I need something that is FAST in terms of both operations and opening large files. I figured I would go a step down from the i7-975 Extreme 3.33ghz to the i7-950 3.06ghz just because I am not looking to simply blow money. I know the motherboard and graphics card is a bit much since I won't be gaming or running 3d apps on it but I would like the ability to have NO LESS than 12gb of RAM and run hi-res dual display and these seem to be the only types capable of handling that amount of memory. I have never started from scratch and don't know much about voltage and things like that so I'm a little reluctant to OC unless its worth it. I just want something VERY FAST that won't blow up or be irrelevant in 2 years and be able to run a lot of RAM. I am not sure how much faster solid state is than traditional hard drives but I picked a SSD just to run the scratch disk in Photoshop. Any tips anyone could give would be useful. I don't want to buy all this stuff and then have it not work together and look like a fool instead of buying a premade piece of junk Dell or HP that I know will be useless in a year. If spending extra $$$ on another solid state to run OS & programs will make a difference then I'll do it. Thanks in advance everyone! PS: Forgot to mention will be running Windows 7 x 64 Professional.
So far I'm only up to ~$2,700 in components:
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP
BUDGET RANGE: $3-4.5k
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Photoshop, Flash, light After Effects, office stuff(Sql Server, Outlook, Excel, text editor, etc.)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse, keyboard, speakers, etc.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: NewEgg.Com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: New Intel i7 processors with tons of RAM that can handle anything
OVERCLOCKING: Only if its safe...
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200 primary for graphics work w/ 1280x1024 secondary for coding
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I need something that will last about 4 years and still be relevant
Thanks for your input jbakerlent, I will look up your suggestions. I know I am probably overkilling it, but I just want to make sure it will last. As I said, I am not worried about budget as much as reliability.
Sorry, no. You are paying a huge premium for perhaps a few seconds of rendering time. We can get you performance elsewhere. It's not even really fast memory, just overpriced.
Faster RAM, better price: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
You may need to loosen the timings to get all 12GB... but then again you may not. Either way you are ahead.
Your scratch disk is probably OK. I don't think burning through a SSD scratch disk would be economical... unless you want to use an inexpensive one that would still be faster than your velociraptor... maybe http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
That's not bad at all. 3 year warranty and rated for 1,000,000 hours. I'm not really sure about performance though. Scratch disk usage is odd.
If you like the SwordM I'm good with that. I recently heard that Thermaltake was selling them off on their website with a code... lemme see...
^Wow Proximon nice suggestions, I totally agree with you.
To OP: there's no point in buying an expensive CPU, that an i7 920 will do the job. You can overclock it to the i7 975 speed, or higher if you want. This option is much more cheaper. Save the money now, and if you really want to gain performance, next year go buy the 6core i9...I doubt you gain much benefit from it, since you are only doing photoshop..etc
Get the Prolimatech Megahalems heatsink to overclock, it's one of the best
There's not really anything I could add because Proximon's build is remarkable.. so..
I recommend Proximon's build.
Wow! You guys are amazing! Such tremendous feedback for someone looking for help, and with coupon codes to boot! I have to say thanks for all this free help, you guys are truly good people. I only wish there was some way I could pass it on.
Will do guys. The only question I have now is, if I do buy 950, will I be able to OC that to outrageous speeds in the future? I don't want to start out overdoing it but I will consider expanding in the future. That was one of my initial thoughts I should have mentioned (sorry I'm a newb). I have to go to bed but I will study all your recommendations thoroughly throughout the week. I'm mainly worried about becoming outdated and if in 2 years I waste x amount of hours working on files that directly correlates to lost $ hourly billing so I have been encouraged to just "get it right". Again, thanks for all the input. You guys are awesome! I hope if I learn anything by putting this system together I can provide some type of help for others. I think this is a pretty wide market segment for people that don't want to use Macs.
"Will do guys. The only question I have now is, if I do buy 950, will I be able to OC that to outrageous speeds in the future?"
what do you mean by outrageous? on AIR cooling you're looking at about 4.2GHZ stable..you could push it a little more say 4.4-4.5GHZ, but it's not that stable i guess. this is done by enthusiast overclocks i would say. i7 950 is not worth the money..just get i7 920 and overclock it 4.0-4.2ghz
again, like i said before get the i7 920 now. and next year if you feel the performance isn't good enough, get a 6 core. i strongly recommend you not to get anything beyond i7 920 right now beacuse it is a waste of money. just overclock the 920 and you're set with your photoshop stuff.