I'm on my second build in as many decades, my first build lasted 10 years so I'm defiantly doing it again! I used the Northwood processor 3.06Ghz when it first came out paired with the ASUS P4g8x deluxe MOBO which does support a second processor but I've decided to step into the 21st century hopefully with a little help from you experts out there. I've got most of the system components picked out but the main problem I'm having is deciding how to handle the video aspect of the build, PCI/SLI/Crossfire. When I built my last computer things were a whole lot esier it was either EDI or AGP and I opted for AGP which worked out well.
here is my tentative list of components what I'm asking for is someone to tell me this is an easy build or a hard build since the first time I did it it took over 2 months to get everything up and running correctly (a bad memory stick can cause LOTS of diagnostic problems I found that out the hard HARD way).
I did copy a lot of this from a build I saw in some magazine but made some modifications based on what I thought would be easier/better...
New Gigabyte Motherboard GA-Z68X-UD7-B3 Intel Z68 LGA1155 PCI Express USB 3.0 DDR3 SATA ATX
I would only recommend SLI to the most avid enthusiast. You have to keep the drivers up to date or new games won’t work, you double the chance of video errors, and driver crashes, and some video game titles will get no increase at all. I have an older Q9650 with 2 GTX470s, it works ok but I often think 1 single GTX480 would have been better for games.
I also fold@home and in that the SLI setup is much better in work unit completed than a single more expensive card. SLI really depends on what you are into.
larger and cheaper does anyone have experience with vertex vs crucial SSD's I know crucial makes good memory but the cross over to SSD is like HP making great printers but crappy computers (not so much since the merger with compaq (who also used to make crappy computers) now they seem to make decent ones lol I guess 2 wrongs do sometimes make it right.
Also is there a benefit to running RAID1 on 2 SSD drives? I know stripping has an advantage on RPM drives but does it really matter with Solid State drives?