I am a long time reader, first time poster.
Basicly I want a new quiet but powerful multitasking machine. After doing some research (reading reviews and browsing through forums) I have chosen the parts at the bottom of this post for my new build, I would value your opinions before I order the parts. I prefer parts that are quiet, powerfull and have value in them.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week
BUDGET RANGE: EUR 500 – EUR 1000 (Not that important)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:
1.)Multitasking (surfing the internet, watching movies, streaming dvb-c media, etc.),
2.)Excel VBA programming and other office apps.
3.)Some stock day-trading. (GPU has support for 3 screens.)
4.)Would be nice to be able to play newer games.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED:
Power Supply: Fortron Noisekiller FSP400-60PN (Will this be enaugh?)
Mouse: Logitec MX518
Keyboard: Logitech Ultra X Keyboard
Monitor: Samsung SyncMaster 225BW
Case: Antec P 160 (incl. Three 120mm fans)
Speakers: crappy Creative MF1525 speakers
OS: Using Windows 7 RC, will buy it in 2010.
A few storage Hds from old comp.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Mindfactory.de (will save about EUR 100 by ordering it from Germany compared with local Finnish retailers. Altough, I will ask for a special offer from a local online retailer, but I don't have my hopes up.
MY LOCATION: Helsinki, FINLAND
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1650 * 1050 (recommended by Windows 7)
CPU Intel Core i5 750
The 750 should be a good multitasker even without the HT. The CPU has been praised in several reviews and it generates less heat than any of the i7 cores. The i7 860 would be great for multitasking but I think it would be an overkill, and I have read that HT will increase the heat generation.
Also wanted to add, I think moving into the SSD drives is a good idea and the Kingston is a low priced way to get in. However, I am not sure that the V series has the Intel controllers - see this article:
I did not see any Corsairs listed on your website - but I could have missed them - no sprechen ze deutshe - hope I have not mangled that too badly. Corsairs are my first choice and the TX line is a good lower priced line.
The Antecs are almost as good and more reasonably priced. The Earthwatts series comes highly recommended because of quality construction and it was one of the earliest 80+ certified for efficiency. The 650w should be ample to allow you to later add a second graphics card and do some light overclocking. If you want to much overclocking and have Crossfire you might want to move up to the 750w version.