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Is this a good build? Is everything compatible? Will the i5 bottleneck the 5850? Do you guys have any suggestions on how to cut costs a bit more?
Thanks for the links! I didn't even notice the AMD combos. The board looks seems much better than the H55 I chose. It has SATA 6GBs!
When I said CAD, I meant engineering programs in general. Mostly MatLab, Solidworks, AutoCAD not so much, Mathematica, and Adobe CS5. There are probably others that I can't think of off the top of my head. Also, I'd like to be able to hook up to multiple monitors (one of them being a 1080p tv) for doing work.
Gaming resolution, I don't mind if I have to go lower than 1900x1200
My biggest concern is cooling. Where I am, it can get really warm and I'd like to have this rig last a 3 years before I get a new one. I've heard that Intel's been generally low power and low heat generation. I'm bit worried about this when it comes to the AMD processors. Should I get an aftermarket cooler for the 1090T, even if I don't overclock?
Also, how's the x6 1090T in terms of price to performance? Tom's Guides seems to suggest that i5-750 is a tier above the 1090T, but I have no idea what that could mean.
As for SSD, I've never complained about regular HDDs times. But I may consider it if I go AMD. Where would I see the most gains from using an SSD?
I'm happy with the build right now, but if I can get a better rig that will last me about 3 more years (I'm satisfied with just being able to play all the games out right now at 1680x1050 at mid to high settings). Mostly though, this computer just needs to be able to power at least two monitors, have about 30ish tabs open in FF/Chrome while running some computational fluid dynamics calculations, and playing music in the background.
I figure anything I build will be better and increase my productivity more than my Atom Netbook that I currently have.
Hope these details help!
@banthracis: I have a 1080p TV with a bunch of inputs and a couple of 19"inch (CRT ) monitors that I plan to reuse.