APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: As soon as possible but it is not yet a life or death situation.
BUDGET RANGE: under $1700-$2000 After Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Database design/programing (MySQL/SQLServer), PHP/C# programing (Visual Studio), Website design/programing (Macromedia 8, Photoshop CS2 may upgrade to CS4 suite), screen recording (camtasia), multiple VM's (running various Windows/Linux OS's/Servers) remote administration/support, productivity apps (Office 2003/2007/2010, Open Office/Star Office), Blu-Ray/DVD/CD ripping/storage, surfing, email and other general use
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard/mouse
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, tigerdirect, fry's... ?
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: none really
OVERCLOCKING: No / Maybe
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: slim to none
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 would be nice
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: In addition to the “usage” listed above I would like to use this machine as a media server. I will be pulling ripped Blu-Ray's/DVD's to my 1080p HDTV and I would like to be able to PUSH same to an older 1080i (may upgrade to 1080p that can pull in a year or so). I will also be pulling music via my AV receiver. Of course I will need ample of storage for the audio/video/photo collections as well as website graphics/backups and databases. I will soon max the 1tb I already have and have yet to add any movies and 90% of music library. (currently have tons of data and images)
May want to run dual monitors in future.
I know I cannot future proof a build but I would like to build with longevity/upgrade-ability in mind. I am beginning to pull my hair out with my current Dell XPS Gen 3 (pushing 7 yo) and need to move onward and upward. Would I be just as well off, and save some cash, by going with an i5 system? Will i5 suffer from longevity?
Any advice/suggestions/schooling would be much appreciated. I have been doing my research on the web for a couple weeks now but know that there is safety, and knowledge, in numbers and I would appreciate your input. I'm not completely new to building systems as I used to build tons of them back in the day. You know, Win95/98, NT 4 workstation/server... but I am a bit overwhelmed with all that is out there now. WHEW!!!
final price 1998.88. you also have a few options...windows 7 pro might not be needed, it offers SOME XP compatibility, and the ability to hold a network. 4 hard drives is a reccipe for disaster, and in my build, you get 1 2tb 64 mb cache hdd, and 1 ssd boot drive, which seems a bit better. my video card is much better, and way more future proof, but you might be able to get away with a 5770. the case is also much better.
Hard Drives - Check out the performance charts and pick whatever 500 GB per platter drive performs best under your usage patterns. The WD Black 2 TB is a good choice but at smaller capacities, you are limited to the Seagate 7200.12 or the Spinpoint F3. The 7200.12 excels in gaming, multimedia and pictures whereas the F3 wins at music and movie maker. See the comparisons here (copy past link in manually, link won't work in forum):
We have HDDs that are still running AOK
after 7 years: they are in drive cages
with their own cooling fans, and
all of our computers are powered
by APC UPS units. We also keep the
ambient indoor temps very near 72 F.
It's working! Our systems continue
to run all day without any serious problems:
all ASUS motherboards, Intel CPUs and
Corsair RAM and PSUs.
With the X58 chipset, I would definitely urge
you to start with 12GB, and look into deploying
a ramdisk using RamDisk Plus from www.superspeed.com: