Need Advice on High Performance General Purpose Software Development M


I have put together a component list of parts for my new machine and would like a once over of my selection and to have a few questions answered. Below is the requisite template, followed by my components with links, and my few questions. I appreciate any help you can offer.

Approximate Purchase Date:
This week.

Budget Range:
Up to $2000.00 USD

System Usage from Most to Least Important:
The system will mostly be used for software and web development and all the myriad tasks that come along with it (graphic and video editing, development database services, etc) I will also use it for watching videos online, surfing the web, and casual gaming (nothing too graphically intense).

Parts Not Required:
keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, video cards. I have 2 BFG GeForce 7800 GT OC cards (not in SLI configuration) and will use those. I will also be installing Windows 7 Professional 64 bit edition.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin:

Parts Preferences:
I have no preferences other than I have always used Intel vs AMD.

Maybe, but probably not. I have never done it, and don't feel I need to incur the risk of having an unstable software development environment.

SLI or Crossfire:
Probably not with my current cards. I have 3 monitors, SLI with these cards does not support multiple monitors. As far as I know, even on later versions, SLI only supports dual monitors.

Monitor Resolution:

Additional Comments:
My biggest goal is a highly responsive and versatile box that I can use mostly for software development, and whatever else I need to do for the next 4 years. Also, as I mentioned above, stability is critical. This will be my main home office system, so I don't want to continuously run into stability issues.

Parts list:

1x - ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

3x - Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3250318AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
These will be configured in a RAID 5 configuration and used as my local data storage and local backup drive.

2x - CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model

1x - Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950

1x - CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

1x - ASUS Rampage III Formula LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

1x - Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1CCA 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
This will be used as my Windows 7 and application drive

1x - COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Additional Questions:
- Do you all feel that the stock heatsink will be enough? I've tried to get a largish box, not only for expansion, but also for handling the large amount of cabling from from PSU, and just general airflow.

- I saw some mention in the newegg reviews for the Crucial SSD about it taking a couple of tricks to get it to work for SATA III. Seems that it first has to be installed as SATA II. Heard anything like that?

- Is the power supply big enough? My current machine probably has a similar power profile and is currently running an FSB 650 Watt, but wanted to up it a bit. I don't want to go too high as i'm on a 20 AMP circuit in my home office.

- NewEgg is currently of out stock of the triple channel DDR3 2000 memory, and I don't want to wait. Do you think there will be that much of a difference between DDR3 1600 and DDR3 2000?

- I read in one of the NewEgg reviews that the motherboard uses screws instead of push-pins for the headsink, but I thought that was decided by the headsink and not by the motherboard. I hate push-pin locks, so that was appealing to me.

Once again, thank you in advance for any help you can provide.

Kind Regards,

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  1. I can comment at least two things... SSD are a must and at least 8gb of RAM. Here is a post talking about the impact on a very large project and some stats.
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