I'm looking to build a new multipurpose computer, with a price max of ~$1500. I want the computer to be great at multitasking, analyzing large datasets with the R statistical package, and multitasking.
1. Is something like the i7-950 a good choice, or should I be looking at server/workstation processors?
2. I've heard that memory speed doesn't matter as much as quantity, and I will be looking at between 12 and 24GB. Is something like DDR1333 an appropriate speed?
3. I was thinking SATA (III) 6gb/s with 2 small SSDs (in RAID0) then a large SATA drive for movies/music/general drive. Is this worth the cost, or will two SATA II 3gb/s (or even the 6gb/s) 7200rpm drives in RAID0 be approximately the same performance?
Any suggestions would be great, thanks in advance for helping!
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Do you know whether these programs can utilize GPUs?
I'd just stick with one SSD+one HDD. If you are asking whether RAID HDDs will compete with SSDs, no they will not. SSD: