SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Software Development, Gaming, Photography
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, MEI (local for me), others ok
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: i7-930, nVidia
OVERCLOCKING: Yes - Want moderate overclocking, but must have stability
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe - considering for future upgrade
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Triple 24", 1920x1200?
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like to keep this machine quiet. What's loudest in this setup - the CPU or the GPU cooling?
My last build was from 1999, so it is time to upgrade! A dual P3 just doesn't cut it anymore ;-)
I'm a S/W developer and CPU performance is important - that's why I'm interested in the i7-930 overclocked. I should be able to get to 3.8GHz without too much headache.
Monitors I'm looking for suggestions on a monitor setup. Ideally, I would like a triple monitor Eyefinity setup of larger 4:3 monitors, but almost everything is widescreen now. The best option seems to be 1920x1200. As I understand it, I will need at least one DisplayPort monitor or an active converter.
I would like to keep the monitors matched, but that means 3 DisplayPort monitors, which will cost $$$. I'd love to get the Dell U2711, but that is out of my budget! Can I get decent color for serious amatuer photography with TN panels?