System Usage from Most to Least Important: programming, 3d CAD, gaming, web
Parts Not Required: mouse/keyboard, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com but open to others
Country of Origin: US
Parts Preferences: by brand or type Intel Sandybridge
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200
Spent a good bit of time yesterday assembling the list of parts that I think would make for a decent build. My last build was back when P4s were brand spanking new, so its been a while. I think this system will leave me with room for expansion in the near future to SLI/crossfire and watercool after the wallet recovers.
Is artic silver still the go to paste or is there something else I should be using?
I've racked my brain and read about ever review I could find comparing the 560 ti and the 6950 and am still unsure which way to go. From what Ive read the 6950 does better in crossfire than the 560 ti would do, but individually the 6950 has some issues with Windows 7.
Most ram is 9-9-9-24 and the one listed is 8-8-8-24 latency, which should ideally be better, but will it cause any stability issues?
Any other thoughts would be appreciated as you go blind trying to figure out the best way to spend your money.