SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Multi-Tasking, Network Management
PARTS NOT REQUIRED:Monitor, Mouse, Keyboard, Hard Drives, DVD Burner
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: TigerDirect.com, Directron.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel CPU, ATI Video Card
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: In the Future
MONITOR RESOLUTION: NA
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Work PC
Looking to build a new work PC. I need a good functional case, USB ports and mic/speaker up high (Antec 200?) I can get more bang for my buck building it than ordering from Dell or Lenovo.
Need to be able to upgrade in the future, need a lot of power for a multitude of tasks. I do it all in my IT dept. from transcoding video to Excel.
Whatever card I get needs to be dual DVI-D, I must keep my two SyncMaster 204t's. I have a lot of stuff running at once - Outlook stays open, Firefox (5 to 6 tabs at a time), Total Commander, Cisco Network Assistant, Polycom PVX - and a huge assortment of other programs I need. A gaming video card is not a need, but a POWERFUL card is - not sure there is a difference. My budget is almost gone, so I've got to stretch it this year, but I have to have a new PC.
Generally, I would advise for you something like the following:
-core i7 920
-socket 1366 motherboard (6 cores will be coming out on it)
-3x2GB triple channel memory- mushkin, OCZ, or another reputable brand. Don't just pay attention to the speed though, speed is also determined by a lower timings. For example 6-6-6-18 DDR3 ram at 1066MHz will probably perform better than 7-8-7-22 DDR3 ram at 1600MHz (12GB not needed now but you'll have the option to upgrade down the road)
-Antec three hundred case
As for the SSD, it's up to you if it would be worth it. A good one like the OCZ vertex at 60GB would be at least $200, if not more. The advantages of them would be low access time and faster speeds, so windows would load faster, and applications will load faster from disk. If you look at the reviews online, they can find a practical difference of, in some cases, twice the speed of a normal hard drive. For me personally, it wouldn't be worth it. However another thing to mention is that SSDs won't fail like hard drives.
i7-920 under 1k is difficult. But, why would you wanna go x58? You don't need the extra PCIE bandwidth since you aren't xfiring.
For your budget I also doubt you're looking for $300-400 CPU's, so the i9's are out.
I don't see any heavily threaded programs being mentioned and honestly you could do everything you want fine with an i3 or Phenom II x3.
SSD is hard to fit in on such a tight budget. NVM, made a X25-V fit =D
PSU wise a good 400W is all you'll need. I'll throw together a build for you in a bit.