APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Soon, but not right away.
BUDGET RANGE: $1200-$1500 after rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: WoW... God, so much WoW... Plus usually Civ4/Colonization, tons of browsers, dual/triple monitors.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse, keyboard, monitors
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Pricewatch.com, Frys (not a website, but whatever.)
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Cascadia
PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to use an AMD CPU & Biostar mobo with a 24" LCD and full tower case)
MONITOR RESOLUTION: dual 1680x1050, will toss #3 on at some point.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I think that people care what their computer "looks like" should be fired... Out of a cannon... Into the sun.
Parts list as planned:
Off-shelf cooler at Fry's
Mobo: (undecided) - Needs to have SLI/CF, and 6 slots for RAM, imo.
Video: 5850, with plans to add a 2nd later.
RAM: 6GB DDR3-1600
Hard Drive 1: SSD 64GB
Hard Drive 2: 1TB HDD - 7200RPM
3 Case fans
650-750W Power Supply
l'm going to be honest, I'm a a pack-rat for windows, and it is beyond a cure. Currently, I have 15 windows open, including two 3D games, and this is about my normal environment. My job requires a few, and I do a bunch of photo editing when I'm bored... Nothing crazy, just family/home stuff. PS Elements atm.
Anyways, I'm wondering if anyone sees a clear bottleneck or a giant waste of money.
I realize the SSD technology isn't all the way to being affordable yet, which is one of the reasons I'm thinking I'm thinking of waiting a little bit. I love the idea of fast boot ups (on of my annoyances is waiting so long to get Windows up and running)...
The i5 has only Dual-Channel memory controller...so you will find at the max 4 RAM slots on those mobos...
If you want 6 RAM slots, then you should get the i7 930...but will increase the overall platform cost though...
Mobo for i5 - LGA 1156
ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The LGA 1366 CPUs - i7 9xx series are the ones that have the Tri-Channel controllers...only those will run 3/ 6 sticks in Tri-Channel config...
Apart from those CPUs, all the other - i5/ i3 have Dual-Channel controllers and hence run 2/ 4 sticks in Dual-Channel mode...
And for your usage, I dont think you would notice any significant difference going 6GB over 4GB...So stick with the i5 750 and 4GB and upgrade to 8GB later...
You would have money left for a powerful graphics card and maybe a SSD...