I need to build a new PC. It will be used for data analysis. Meaning that it should be as fast as possible doing arithmetic calculations and accessing memory. My old PC is a Q6600@2.4 with 4GB DDR2 800 and a DFX MB. I was thinking something like this:
CPU: Core i7 980 RAM: 8GB DDR3 1600 HD: SSD Drive (for smoooth operation) GPU :Low end, it doesn't matter really. No 3D graphics intended. MB: I really don't know. I hope you could make me some suggestions. PSU:800 watt should be overkill with low end GPU Case: Anything that can take the components will do. This will be a workhorse PC, no flashiness needed.
Also, it would help a lot if someone would make a hypothesis about how much faster the new PC could be for the kind of tasks I will be using it (data analysis-CPU intensive). Thank you very much.
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Forgot to say that $600 would be the most I would pay for the CPU. About $1000-$1200 for CPU+RAM+MB.