Today I decided to put together two different builds. My original goal was to put together a build for around ~650-700. However, after browsing Newegg for a bit I realized that there was going to be some sacrifice.
I made two builds. One with a i7 CPU and Mainboard which supports Triple Channel Memory and runs me quite a bit over budget. And another that is only Dual Channel but keeps me closer to my budget while decreasing performance.
My main use: I am a developer. I work mostly in Visual Studio doing programming and always have a good amount of programs running like: multiple browsers, instances of VS, ITunes, Sql Server Manager, and a remote desktop or virtual machine. However, I do like to game occasionally and would like to run some modern games with medium settings without any issues.
My question: If I stick with this Dual Channel channel system will I be hurting myself in the long-run as far as managing and upgrading the system is concerned? If I choose to go out of budget and spring for the Triple Channel system will it be worth it in the long-run?
Bottom Line: I will spring for the more expensive build if it will make my life easier in the long-run. However, I am simply not an enthusiast at this point. I want something that works well and will allow me to enjoy a smooth desktop experience.
Aside: I put this together today. If anyone has suggestions for replacing parts or better deals it would be much appreciated.
now the PSU is cheaper, but of a lower wattage. it would be enough for the system, but would reduce upgradability. good if you dont plan on adding another GPU or a tonne of HDDs, but go with the ocz if you want the extra headroom.
Ya if u intend to clock away best get an aftermarket HSF^^
Good point. My only issue with this HSF is that I don't see the Phenom II X6 among its list of supported CPU's. I wouldn't think this would be an issue considering it supports the AM3 socket, would you?