I am in desperate need of a review of my new build. All these research is frying my brain and am hoping someone out there can offer some opinions. I need this as my workstation (at home) and will be on it 10 hrs+ a day. I think some of the components are overkill but I didn’t want to risk skimping and having anything backfire or be a bottleneck.
Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 weeks
Budget Range: Under $2000
System Usage from Most to Least Important: AutoCAD 2011 (2D only), Photoshop CS4, Net, minor use of Revit and ArchiCAD 10.
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
Yeah, I was debating if the P67 was worth the wait. Because this is my work computer, I generally stay away from the latest tech until some of the kinks are worked out and the 2nd gens are on the market. But if it really is that big of a difference, I will hold off and look into it some more. The system you specified is half the price of my original so on that basis alone, it might be worth it.
Thanks for the input.
As for the two hard drives, the setup which has been working for me is to have the OS and applications on one drive. The image file is small and manageable at 20GB. Then I keep all my data on a second drive which currently is about 500GB. The data is somewhat protected as I have lost my main drive twice (fried and virus) but the second drive was untouched. And the image file is kept on the second drive so cloning is a breeze. The data drive is backed up to an external drive as well. I’m open to suggestions if there is a better way to set it up. Would having a RAID Level 1 setup be better?
Good point. I must have 2 or 3 optical drives around here that I can use.