I've spent the last few weeks reading heaps of reviews, product specs, wiki entries, forum threads and all manner of interweb bric-a-brac to take my knowledge of computer hardware from negligible to novice.
Thought I'd take a shot at building a system to be used for:
Finally letting go of my WinXP comfort blanket and moving up to Win7. Existing software isn't an issue as most of it will be new.
Not an OC'er yet, but I'm hoping to get pieces that will be able to; I think I've got some pretty easy-to-OC selections.
Not much of a gamer, but there are a couple new and upcoming Blizzard titles that I must be able to play!
I've researched the hell out of fans and case cooling the last few days and I know I will want to spend a few bucks on some decent air cooling, but in the interest of not breaking the bank I'm going to try to get away with stock for now. Exception: components selected require additional cooling - please leave your thoughts!
I'm not in this for a pretty PC; LED lights are more con than pro. I will try to make this a very clean build, so any tips you have for wire management would be appreciated.
Whenever possible I'd prefer a more efficient selection; lower power req'ts without sacrificing quality.
I've taken a crack at putting together an AMD system for under $2k:
I know you favor AMD, but 6 core processors are best used when you have applications that are many core capable. Very few games are, and I on''t know about your apps.
For computational intensive applications, the i7-930 processors do better at stock, and they can be overclocked to 975 levels safely and easily.
Here is a comparison with a i7-920: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/146?vs=47
If you can get to a microcenter, they will sell you a i7-930 for $199. A very good deal.
If you are into heavy multitasking, you might want more than 4gb of ram.
Actually, the XFX 650w unit is more than enough for your system. It will power the strongest single vga card out there.
For the boot disk, I would get a single drive with 120gb or so, instead of messing with raid-0. The reason is that larger SSD's nave more internal nand chips that they can access concurrently for better sequential performance.. Sort of an internal raid-0.
Be prepared for buyers remorse. This fall should bring out gen3 ssd's with smaller, cheaper, and faster chips. I would install my os in a pertition and plan on cloning it to a better ssd when available.