Hello everyone. I'm new to the forums and hope to learn while I'm here.
Last time I built a custom system was in 2003 so I'm out of the loop so to speak! Just to remind you folks, that was the time P4 w/HT was considered the holy-grail of computing, the Radeon 9800Pro would make gamers drool and 1GB of RAM was considered overkill. How things have changed!
So now I'm in need of a new system. It's main use would be emulating networking hardware, i.e. routers and switches on a software platform called Dynamips. Those of you who are into this stuff can relate to my username as well. Therefore, what I primarily need is computing power and memory and lots of it! I'm not a gamer so the video card/sound card are not a priority for me. I just want a decent enough GPU to comfortably handle HD media and the like and the audio should be decent. I also haven't decided on the LCD right now as I'm concerned most with the MB/CPU/RAM. The system is basically a very high-end gaming machine without the high-end video card.
- Lots of computing power (running multiple instances of emulators)
- Lots of high-speed RAM for large-scale emulations (upgradeable to 12GB)
- Motherboard to comfortably handle the above w/ support for future expandability
- Reliable primary and back-up storage (possible RAID setup in future)
- Strong, reliable PSU
- Spacious, well-designed case with good air-flow
- Excellent CPU-cooling
- Decent video card/sound card (no gaming)
I've done some initial reading to get up to speed (so I don't sound like a dinosaur!) and I've put together something as you can see below. I didn't want you guys to do all the hard work so here's something you can start off with and critique so that I can get an idea of what's appropriate for the requirements I have. I'm based in Toronto, Canada. The prices are in CAD from Canada Computers.
Asus P6T SE Socket 1366 Intel X58 _____________________________________ 189.99
Intel Core i7 920 Quad-Core Socket LGA1366, 2.66Ghz _____________________ 316.99
Corsair XMS3 Classic 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz _________________________ 189.99
Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB SATAII 7200RPM 32MB Cache (OEM) ______ 59.99
Western Digital Caviar Green 2000GB (2TB) SATA 3 Gb/s 64MB ______________ 119.99
PowerColor ATI Radeon HD 5770 Chipset (850Mhz) 1GB GDDR5 ______________ 154.99
Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE 7.1 Surround Sound Card _________________ 29.99
Intel PRO/1000 GT Desktop Adapter, PCI ________________________________ 37.99
Antec TP-750 Truepower New 750W Continuous Power Supply ______________ 139.99
Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Ultimate Gamer Case _____ 129.99
Noctua NH-U12P SE2 CPU Cooler for Intel Socket LGA1366 __________________ 79.99
Logitech Illuminated USB Keyboard /w Palm Rest, Backlit -Black ______________ 52.99
Logitech RX1500 Black 3 Buttons Tilt Wheel USB Corded Laser Mouse _________ 46.99
Samsung F2380 23" Professional Widescreen LCD __________________________ 259.99
______________________________________________________________HST: $235.28 ______________________________________________________Total: $2,045.14 (CAD)
______________________________________________________Total: $1,980.56 (USD)
Basically, what I want to know is if the above build is:
- appropriate for the above-mentioned requirements
- components are compatible with each other
- if a better CPU than the above with significant performance gain can be had under $500CAD
- if better RAM than the above with significant performance gain can be had under $300CAD
I'd appreciate all the help I can get on this. Please feel free to comment as you wish.
Seagate and WD are proven names. Are Samsung HDs reliable though?
I personally would never buy from powercolor due to their cheap quality and horrible support. Sapphire, XFX, Asus and Gigabyte are all good companies.
Yeah, I just picked out something to finalize the initial build. I'll look into the other ones.
Sound card isn't needed. On board these days is perfectly fine.
Agreed. On-board isn't too shabby nowadays.
Is that a wireless PCI card? Any particular reason a Cat5/6E won't work?
Don't need the noctua unless you plan on extreme OC. Even if you do, get the NH-D14.
Alternate for $30 on NCIX is the hyper 212 plus.
I thought something other than the stock HSF would bring temps below 50C. From the benchs I've seen, the i7-920 seems to go into the 70+ range with 100% utilization. I'll look into the ones you've mentioned.
Also, not sure if antec 200 will fit a 160mm HSF. If it does, would probably be very close.
My build actually mentions the Antec Nine Hundred. Is that ok, though?