I've dragged out the lifespan of my p4 system long enough, looking for some input on my proposed new system
CASE: COOLER MASTER HAF X
MOBO: ASUS Crosshair IV Formula
CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T
RAM: G.SKILL Trident+ Turbulence II 8GB
GPU: ASUS ROG MATRIX 5870 x2
PSU: CORSAIR AX1200
HD: WD CAVIAR 2TB 7200RPM x4
COOLING: CORSAIR Hydro H70
UPS: APC BR1500LCD 1500VA 865 Watts (I work in Iraq so random power outages are something you learn to deal with)
1. What is the basic need for you PC? What do you want to do with it?
2. What is your total budget?
3. 8GB is too much. 6GB is fine.
4. Stick to smaller drives. Better get two 1TB drives. >1TB and you run into reliability issues.
building this as a new gaming system, as for my budget I'd like to keep it under $4000. As for the large amount of HD space I was looking to replace my externals and move all my movies / tv series / music onto my acutal system.
$4000 would give you a nice build with a HD5970 CF.
Keep the external drives external. Crashes may lead to loss of complete data! Which is heart breaking. Externals keep it free from PC related issues and would free from Viruses as well.
Also i forgot to mention that the AX1200 with a $340 price tag is too much for a PSU. Stick to normal Corsair or Seasonic or Antec on this one.
And I would suggest an i5 build instead of an i7, but the i7 does give you full x16/x16 for GPUs if that matters to you and you can afford the triple channel RAM and expensive CPU/mobo in your budget so it would be up to you.
Asus P7P55d E Pro
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1Tb
4gb G Skill 1600mhz ECO RAM CL7
Dark Knight/Scythe cooler
I am not a big fan of two cards in one, so personally I would grab a 5870 instead of a 5970 with intention to XFire two of them. All the cards listed are powerful and even moreso when SLI/XFired so it really is all about personal preference with them. The GTX 460s in SLI will match a single GTX 480, but of course you can use 2 x 480 for more power. Though personally, due to the better design of the GTX 460s I prefer to use two of them rather than a GTX 480.
Keep your info on the external HDDs, nothing worse than an HDD in system corrupting and you losing eerything (trust me!)
Obviously if you decide to go i7 you just change the mobo to an X58 board which has USB/SATA III and x16/x16 XFire/SLI capability and the RAM you change to 6gb Triple Channel G Skill 1600mhz
Am I bad for thinking the best use of $4000 would be spending about $1000-1200 on a nice system (1055, 955/65, i5-750) and about $500 in cool games and spend the rest on something else?
Honestly that's what i would do. It's your money and I'm not going to tell you how to spend it, but you could build (i think someone mentioned this) a gaming system then a smaller second system for music or what ever. Technology goes out of date FAST and that money could be spend in the future upgrading parts so that you don't end up relying on this system for 6 years. There's nothing wrong with that at all, but if you have the option to save the money and update 2-3 years from now I think that would benefit you more than spending all the money up front.
I could never get myself to spend that much money on a computer but I've allways want to put something that did not have a budget.
I would consider:
3 way sli GTX 480 - they are about $500 each and lets face it they are king for now.
1 SSD Hard drive to boot and another 3 in stripe raid for your games
Inter Core I7 Extreme 6 core.
8 GB memory.
everything water cooled if you can get them since there are lots of post that the fermi core gets prety hot.
I think with this set up it's still less than $4000.00
Buwaaahahahaha..... This is crazy just thinking about it. Droool..