Ok, so I've been wanting to build a new computer. Specifically because some of the personal projects I do, don't work very well with my current system.
My personal hobbies: Writing Programs, 3D Modeling, Media Encoding, web designing, and a Custom Linux OS.
Here's what I've got so far.
HDD1: Haven't decided upon SSD or WD Raptor Drive.. Suggestions?
These are for space only. I do a lot of media work, a lot of times I need to save full blown DVDs or Blu-Ray.
My questions are; am I going overboard? I want something that's going to last me 6+ years without having to upgrade too much.
Are you going overboard? Well I think only you can answer that. But Expecting this PC to be good for 6years is expecting too much. I have a 6 year old system lying around it was a good system back in the day, but I mean it's a P4 with 512mb of ram and an 80gb IDE drive.
Your cpu has hefty premium attached because it's the best out there but hey if you've got the cash then what the heck. Although sandy bridge is coming beginning next year and they are supposed to pretty fast, but they are just mainstream procs so the 980 will probably stay up top for wuite a while.
As for the HDD1 definately go with SSDs. Raptors are more reliable, cooler, quieter and faster than regular hardrives. But SSDs outdo them in each of those categories many times more than raptors outdo regular HDDs. This is a pretty fast one at a good price http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
What would you suggest for a new motherboard? This things going to be running quite a lot. The current PC i'm on now, is going to become a mass storage center for all the media & windows media center.
I'm going to be buying parts over time, due to the fact that Im a college student with a budget, but that budget isn't super thin like most.
The goal of the PC is to be able to have 4 monitors;
Screen 1: Microsoft Visual Studio 2010
Screen 2: Linux in a Box
Screen 3: 3DS Max / Client Testing
Screen 4: Dreamweaver CS5/Web Designing
I want to be able to load a lot onto it, without having too many problems. I'm definetely going to try and run with Liquid Cooling or Water Cooling due to the fact that i'm plagued with problems with over heating with the last 4 computers I've built. Nothing I've ever built has held up to being able to Render 3D objects.
It's the only one in the world to support 4-way sli and 4way crossfire at full speed. Not to mention it's simply an amazing motherboard with a built-in waterblock should you decide to watercool.
If you have heat problems you can just go with high end air cooling like some of the 480s I showed you will never have heat issues. However if you get those and still go watercooling you're wasting a lot of money so It's decision you have to make now really.
My last question; With triple or quad-way SLI, can I just run 2 cards instead of 3 or 4? Having the option to expand to more is always a plus. I'd love to have another projector, if you know what I mean.