I want a good, solid, system that is both a good place to start as a beginner to pc building yet future proof enough that I won't need to perform major overhauls in order to keep up with emerging tech; namely USB 3, SATA 6, SSD (yea around for a while but more affordable) and whatever new specs are on the horizon.
EVE, FFXI, some steam games probably.
Eventually dual screen, and also connecting to a 42" tv for movies and maybe even playing games.
Prefer to go no higher than $1200 on the initial build. I understand performance costs $ but I want to find a good spot just beyond the edge of new tech where the prices and reviews of new stuff play into my favor most.
I'm pretty familiar with the different components that go into a pc. I've been taking them apart since I was a kid. What I'm not too clear on is clocking/overclocking, the CPU architecture, northgate/southgate ect. Basically the actual data flow and how it works together in a pc between CPU, mobo, ram, and vidcards. I'm a junior elect/comp tech so I have a good grasp of those concepts but not how it works in a pc.
ASUS P6X58D Premium - $280
Good reviews, seems like it can handle a bit. Can do Intel's i7 series; both the 45nm where I plan to start and the 32nm when they become a bit more affordable. Also, good for an SLI config for if/when I want to move up to a 2nd graphics card.
The 6GB SATA & the USB 3.
-Intel i7 920/930 $280
They are pretty close in price though I'm not sure if the price diff is justified by a significant difference in performance. These two seem like a good place to start for a good syst that I can take into 32nm. I'm looking at Intel because:
They seem to:
Be a bit ahead of AMD in cpu.
Seem to be a bit more compatible with hardware/software.
I'm not sure which is better in dealing with data processing overall and graphics card interfacing. A friend recommended AMD because he's had issue with intel's dependability in the past. I've also heard that although the first batches of the 920 may have had some issues, they beat the 930 performance-wise and in the case of RAM/overclocking.
I've been seeing a lot about corsair and Kingston.
Thinking: I'd like to start off with just two gigs of ram and build from there towards 6gigs.
I might go with 2x2 since that seems to be the norm, might turn out to be cost effective.
I would like to take advantage of the triple channel capabilities of the cpu but I'm building this thing over time.
The specs for the 920/930 are 1300 I'm looking at the possibility of overclocking. While I'd like to get into it later once I'm more experienced, I'd like my initial build to be able to give me the ability to get started in it though if that's at all wise.
I've read that it's beneficial to use a SSD for OS and program files in order to take advantage of the great read/write speed. Looking for something. In the 500gb or maybe even 1TB range depending on performance & cost.
Starting out 1TB is fine. Preliminarily I've been looking at WD's offerings. I'd most likely be writing from download and reading would just be media playback. Looking at going external with this depending on price difference.
No idea which is better, which is currently ahead, which has a brighter future. This is an area I'm starting to do more research in. My buddy commented that with all I'm doing, moving from one eventually into two in SLI would be wise. Definitely want 1gb at least per card.
No idea other than ventilation & fans. Quieter the better.
Something that doesn't look cheap, over the top, & has great ventilation. Smaller is good but not a must.
Win7 to start off. I've had good experiences with XP. Also very keen on having a separate partition or HD for OSX, crazy as that may seem.
Looks like a great community here Thanks for at least reading.
Just next door is the Systems > New Build forum.
The sticky topic I linked has other links for:
1. Buyer's Guides
2. Getting help with a new build
4. Guides for PC Building
A few notes on your comments:
CPU: Core i7 920 2.66Ghz is getting a bit hard to find - has mostly been replaced by the i7 930 2.8Ghz.
RAM: i7 930 / X-58 use triple channel memory so the basic RAM amount would be a 3GB set. 6GB is the typical amount selected.
Power: Largely dependent on your video card choice and if you want to plan for more than 1 video card in the future.
Video card: The resolution of your monitor (or your future monitor setup ie, Eyefinity) is a major factor here.