Hello, I've followed Tom's website for a few years now but never became part of the forum until now. I've been thinking about getting a new desktop because the laptop I have isn't enough to run some of the more graphically or computationally heavy programs I run or make (such as genetic algorithms...) but for being a laptop it's quite good. However, I'd like a new desktop for gaming and more multitasking. I have a budget of about $1,500.
Approximate Purchase Date: Between 2-4 weeks from 11/27/10
Budget Range: $1,500 max.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, programming, Internet, watching movies
Parts Not Required: Monitor, Speakers (I already have a 32" 1080p Vizio TV I will be using as these), mouse (already have a wireless Logitech), OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any (preferably cheapest though =P)
Country of Origin: United States
Parts Preferences: Full tower case, modular power supply, overclockable cpu, chiclet keyboard
Overclocking: Yes (mild)
SLI or Crossfire: Crossfire (later when I get enough money)
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: prefer a quiet pc, parts reusable for future builds, future proof
Here are the parts I've chosen at the moment, any suggestions for improvements/replacements/cheaper parts/etc?
WD HD = rip off.
get seagate 7200.12 1tb or samsung spinpoint f3 1tb. whichever is cheaper at the time.
That WD advertises sata 6.0, which you know what, means absolutely nothing for mechanical Hard Drives because they are nowhere near the 300mb/s max speeds for sata II. So basically your paying $40 extra bucks to say its sata 6.0 without any performance gain.
with the $ saved on the cpu and HD bump up to a 120GB SSD, Sandforce controller one and your good, get the cheapest. (Corsair Force, OCZ Agility 2, OCZ Vertex 2, Mushkin Enhanced Calisto, and that G.Skill one)
I know that a mechanical drive can't saturate a sata 3 line, thanks for the alternatives. I think I'll go with a Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB, I've had a Seagate drive before and I like them. As for the hexacore, that was pointed towards multitasking and other multithreaded applications (may be few now, but won't be long I think until they're more common). I may get a 970 BE, but irdk.
Thanks a lot for the power supply recommendation, I was kinda lost on what I needed for that. How much OC headroom would it have for the GPU and CPU?
Thanks for the info on the 970, that would have been a waste then. Also, it'd be 600w for the GPU's, 125w for the processor, leaving 25w for all the peripherals and other things, as well as overclocking...I'd feel better with a 800w, I'll scope one out. As for the 955, I'm really torn between that and the hexacore....aren't their OC abilities similar?
Ahh, okay. I thought they meant for just the cards. That makes me feel a lot better then, and thanks for the information ab the pcie speeds, did a bit of research and there really isn't much difference. Thank you very much for all of your help, I'll edit the top post in a bit.
I've had that board since June. Very user friendly and future proof for updating. (SataIII and USB3 along with onboard raid sold me on it) Mine is real sweet in a Scout case, in the HAF-X it will be even better.