I've been out of the hardware loop for a while so forgive a few dumb questions on my part, but I need to ask them as I'm probably about to lay a few thousand dollars down for this soon!
I would like to build an extremely powerful desktop computer to run high-fidelity simulations on 24/7.
Clearly, one goal of my build will be to minimize the power cost of having the machine on, which makes me think: no GPU! But, I've heard about people using their GPU cores and VRAM to parallel process... Is it worth it? (That Fermi 570 looks awfully slick!)
And, if I do put a powerful GPU in, how easy would it be to turn it off? Or, when not in "full" use, does the power-supply not draw full power from the wall to the GPU?
I wouldn't mind being able to play a game on max settings from time to time, but that isn't the concern of this build. Should I just go with something like a FirePro?
I've had my eye on that i7-2600k processor, but have heard of a SandyBridge recall.. is the 2600k affected by this? It has extremely high reviews on Newegg.com so I'm led to believe not...
Can a power supply supply only what is required? Or will a 1kW power supply always draw 1kW? This, again, playing into the operational costs...
SSD vs. Raid 0 (or can they be combined?)
Capacity vs. Speed? I'm quite certain that 8-16 GB will be sufficient, is it worth the $$$ to purchase the much faster DDR3 memories?
Everything else and bottlenecks?
Of course, since I'm sort of hardware-retarded I probably missed some other key components of building an HPC. PLEASE help!
If anybody has spare time on their hands and gets off on window shopping newegg.com, a list to start from would be MUCH-appreciated! I used to love doing that, and still do, but I just don't know these things anymore...