First of all, thanks to everyone on this site - it has helped tremendously.
Approximate Purchase Date: this week or weekend
Budget Range: 1500-2000+if the need arises, as I am expensing it through my Biz), if can get rebates to lower the price, that’s great
System Usage from Most to Least Important: running custom Financial software with multiple windows, on dual 21” LCD monitors, quite graphical intense and speed is important due to real-time graphing of dozens of stocks (I will be adding 2 additional monitors in the spring of 2011 for a total of 4), surfing the net with dozens of tabs open, running both IE and firefox simultaneously, while multi-tasking with other programs like CS5 or MS Office, HD video editing, movie/music ripping, music, email,etc
Parts Not Required: None. Need everything
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: will be shopping at tigerdirect as I will be going to the actual store and not ordering online.
Country of Origin: Toronto, Canada
Parts Preferences: Good stuff, which I think I've selected below. I don't have any brand loyalties really. But I do want an Intel CPU i7 1366 - see below
Overclocking: Probably not
SLI or Crossfire: Yes SLI, unless Crossfire is recommended
Monitor Resolution: Dual 1920 x 1080 - 1920x1200 (all depends how it looks on dual 21”)
Additional Comments: Don't need anything fancy like LEDs or whatever, just want speed, reliability, upgradeability. And to run as cool as possible as I will be running 3 of these systems in my home office.
Based on my reading on this site, my proposed parts list is as follows, however I’m totally open to better recommendations as this is just an example of something that I quickly put together
HSF: or something similar
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9T-12GBRL or
CORSAIR XMS3 12GB (6 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model HX3X12G1600C9 G
OS/APP HDD: Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS 300GB 10000 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM or a 500GB version
Storage HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive or a 2TB version
DVD: SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223L LightScribe Support - OEM
BD-ROM: Sony Optiarc Black 2X BD-ROM SATA Model BR-5100S - OEM
Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case or a better one for cooling
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
1) I highly recommend a SSD for the OS and app drive. 80gb to 128gb should be about right. It makes everything you do feel so much quicker.
2) For high levels of multitasking, and CS5, lots of ram is good. Ram is relatively cheap today. 12gb is good. A 3 x 4gb kit is better than filling up all the slots. Do not pay much extra for faster speeds or better timings. It is not worth it. The impact on real application performance os perhaps 1-3%. Do not be seduced by wonderful synthetic ram performance numbers.
3) I might look into a newer generation Nvidia card, like the GTS450. They are built on the 40nm process, and should run cooler and quieter. I think Nvidia might be best because your CS5 app can make use of Nvidia CUDA(not an expert there, but check it out)
4) Are you near a microcenter? They have i7-950 for $200.