SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming (metro 2033, dirt2, avp2, etc), multi-tasking (3 30" monitors) and working (24 tabling poker tables). I'm used to having a huge amount of applications running simultanously (sorry for spelling I'm not an anglophone!)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: ncix.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel, Nvidia
OVERCLOCKING: Yes, eventhough I've never really gotten into it
DVD Writer: LG GH22NS50 Black 22X SATA DVD Writer OEM
Case: Coolermaster Haf 922 Mid Tower ATX Case Black 5X5.25 5X3.5INT Front Audio USB eSATA No PSU
Operating System : Windows 7 Premium 64 Bit
Now considering money isn't a problem, I'm looking for a minimum 3 year future proof computer. Also, which motherboard would fit best with this setup? Any tweeks I could bring / changes? This is about 3.5k CAN $ on ncix, should I switch to h2o cooling? If so which type / brand should I pick?
CPU: Overkill, but I always hate it when people tell you to spend less on parts when you have the money and can afford to do it.
Motherboard: Get the Gigabyte. The Rampage III is overpriced and the Gigabyte supports higher RAM speeds.
Memory: Could upgrade to a 2000MHz CL9 Kit and then underclock it to run at something like 1600MHz CL7 (or keep it at 2000MHz).
HDD: Don't get the Caviar Black. If you want to keep it simple and just go for one massive drive then get a Caviar Blue or a Seagate Barracuda (not any of those low power ones designed to be on 24/7)
DVD Writer: Good.
Case: My favourite!
Yes, go for an SSD. Get a 128GB model or something which you can use for Windows 7 and frequently used programs and files. It'll be about 3x faster. Then grab a 1 or 2TB hard drive (as mentioned above) and use that for everything else.
Thank for your reply dangerman! I read a bit about how SSDs work, but I was wondering...if I make the computer assembled by ncix, will they be installing the right stuff on the SSD (like OS I think?) and will my raw data be stored in the HDD, or do I have to configure that myself once it is shipped?