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:
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:
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.
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.
- 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.