I'm looking to build a new computer pretty soon here and need some input on what you think
Approximate Purchase Date: within the next week or so
Budget Range: $1400 or less
System Usage from Most to Least Important: games, watching movies, listening to music, some schoolwork with programs like Xilinx, Visual Studio, matlab and some other electrical/computer engineering programs I might need in the future.
Parts Not Required: I already have a keyboard and mouse that I'm keeping. I'm also keeping my X-Fi platinum (PCI) from my current computer and I'm keeping my hard drives. I'm also keeping my Klipsch promedia ultra 5.1 speakers. I'll also be keeping my wireless card and possibly my TV tuner. I'll also be keeping my monitor.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Tiger direct-I have a gift card here. I can also do newegg if something can't be found on tiger direct or the price difference is huge
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: Looking at Intel and Nvidia
SLI or Crossfire: Not now, but in the future
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200
Additional Comments: prefer to keep it quiet. Below I have the parts I'm thinking of using (using newegg links since i can find the parts quicker there). I would like to know if you think I should change anything and why. As for some of my part choices below, I tried to include things that would allow me to upgrade it later.
total of this on tiger direct is a little under $1400, but I may or may not reuse my current LG bluray reader so that could affect the price
Any changes or recommendations? And is there any good reason to wait for something new coming out?
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I thought the PSU was way overkill, looking into possibly taking the 850w I have now with me now that I think more about it, but I am considering keeping one of my 9800gtx cards for use as a physics processing card. Thoughts on this?
I am considering keeping one of my 9800gtx cards for use as a physics processing card. Thoughts on this?
Sure... It will work, but I would question if you really need it. The GTX 570 and HD 69x0 cards both do well on their own. Maybe hold off on adding a dedicated phisics card until you get a little usage / benchmarks from your system and show it is needed. Powering the 9800GTX would require an additional PCIe molex, larger PSU, and generate more heat.
And why would the z68 be overkill?
Not sure you have solid state drives to take advantage of the caching, but it really isn't cost effective for minimal gains. Also, Lucid Vitru has the "cool factor", but reviews have the Virtu sotware not always choosing the correct GPU to use. On top of that, power draw is increased. IMHO, if you are going to spend $300+ on a GPU, then use it. It is, however, your choice and you have to be happy with it.