I'm looking to build a new system come June, however, i'll be giving my current system to my brother, so i want it to still be good, and I may upgrade it slightly.
This is my current system:
Athlon II X4 620 @ 3.2GHz, OCZ Gladiator 92mm cooler.
4GB Corsair PC-6400
Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-US2H mobo
gigabyte radeon 5830
OCZ 600W ModXStream PSU
Hitachi Desktar 500GB HDD
Case with good airflow
Windows XP Pro (I KNOW!)
In about 6 months I plan on spending roughly 1500$ CAD after taxes and shipping on a new gaming rig.
I'll have to get Windows 7 then anyways, but at the moment, Windows 7 HE 64-bit is on sale for 90$ OEM, which is about 40$ off regular canadian prices. I thinking about grabbing one for my new build and one for my current PC.
Then i thought, if I'm going to install a new OS, i'll either have to reformat my drive or get a new one. This got me on the idea of a solid state boot drive, and i found the Intel X25-V 40GB on for 70$ after rebates.
I would get the win 7 if it's such a great deal. As for the second drive in the current system - Why the SSD? Why not just get a regular spin drive and install on that? The SSDs are fine of course but if you're only wanting to install another drive, (yes leave the first system alone for dual boot for quite a few reasons) so you add/install win 7 on it I would just put a regular platter drive in it. Save the SSD(s) for your new RIG. The difference in direct X9 and X11 is mostly obvious in the newer games and probably blu-ray movies. So there is a significant difference between the two when it comes to 3D visuals and some 2D visuals.
When you're ready to build the new system let us know and we'll help with that also.
1500$ cad is basically 1500$ US. So my suggestion is picking up the Sandy Bridges when they come out. Specifically the i5 2400S. Performs at the i7 880's level for only 200$. (according to a malaysian price leak, the currency converted of course). The mobo's don't look to be priced super high, Intel stated SB was going to be intended on budget prices. So.. The 200$ looks correct.
As for a mobo leak, there are plenty, just google "Asus Sandy Bridge Motherboards" or "Gigabyte Sandy Bridge Motherboards". Asrock is really quiet about their mobos. But a accidental leak popped up on Newegg. So here is what to expect out of an enthusiast motherboard.
As for the Vertex 2, at 90$ before MIR, that is a great deal. Just get one, RAID is not going to improve that much, you'll already see boot differences with one SSD. From getting a vertex 2 in my fathers system. Boot's Win7 ultimate in 15 secs about. another 5 to log in.
As for a solid HDD, the barracuda sounds good, if you want. You could look at the Samsung F3. Not much of a difference but just putting it out their.
GPU-wise. 1920x1080, a CF/SLI config would be best IMO. I think CF 6850 or SLI 460's would be a good idea. A 6950 would be a good idea as well, or another 50$ could pick you a 570. Lots of options now a days. Still I think the 6850 CF or 460 SLI would be your best bet.
I would use the hdd for the old build and install a new os on that, (again, keeping the old os and programs installed on the other one). Then, just for kicks, after you have that up and running, I would then also install the SSD on the old system, (temporarily until you get the new system), and install an os on that and see how you like the performance! When you start putting the new system together, grab the SSD, after wiping it, from the old system and put it in the new one. By that point you might also want to look at getting a platter hdd for the new build.
It makes sense. But in the past I have had 3 different hard drives in one computer. On each hard drive I installed the same copy of windows and registered it each time. I always worked under the premise that 1 license - 1 computer, no matter how many times I installed windows on it. So you should be able to use all three drives in your old system. When you get your new system and install whichever hDD or SSD in it you will then use your second license - second computer. As many hard drives you put in it you should be able to install windows on it. That's what I've always done.
You can do it your way, it will work. Just remember that you HAVE to install the hard drive in the computer you're going to use and THEN install the operating system.