EDIT: Nothing can last 5 years in top , so I delete "future proof" from the title...
Please take a look at my configuration and let me know what do you think. Please feel free to suggest what I should change.
Will run FPS Games and Racing Games
CAD/CAM: CATIA V5/V6 ; SolidWorks, AutoCAD
Movie and photo editing
Large Databases/Number calculations
I would like to keep this computer 5+years , add only another GPU when needed and maybe more storage so I picked a 1200W PSU.
Overclocking , YES but Stable- 3.8Ghz would be ok (I guess?)
COOLER - I know might be an issue w/ 4 sticks of ram, what do u think??
I am in doubt about the Motherboard as well.
Yes, I do need monitors too, I think 2 would be enough. Size? min. 22inch; Resolution: 1080p I guess ? Will spend 10hours/day at the computer sometimes...
Other than those three things, I think you have a very good, jealousy-inducing rig in the works. Oh, you can drop the Arctic Silver too, the stuff that comes with the Noctua cooler is very good. Btw, that Nocuta cooler is lots of overkill for a 3.8GHz overclock. You will get good temps at 4.8GHz...just saying.
Thank you nd_hunter for your suggestions.
I will use the Corsair 1200W professional series and has 7 years warranty. Had a bad experience with Antec PSU.
I will use G.SKILL Ripjaws as suggested as well.
I will use a Z68 MB no problem , but I still need help to decide about a good one.
Now I don't know if the system would last 5 years. I mean at the rate we're going. We have 7xxx releasing this year, Kepler next year, Maxwell in 2014, then we have Trinity coming in next year as well, Ivy Bridge too, and Bulldozer this year. Now sorry this is all out of order. But I'm just saying, spending that much now is a huge waste of money. You should just be spending around $1000 now and just save the rest on upgrades on the future. Per say, $500 for Ivy Bridge (Since the older i7's were pretty pricey), $400 for 7xxx/Kepler. Just a thought.
1.5k+ Build again.... But without monitors so you save And yeaaaah!
Because look, You can spend 5,000$ now, and in 3 years it'll be worth nothing. Technology has lost it's stability...
Just saying, From MANY experience of PC's and Laptops going old. My old Compaq Laptop probably was ~1k and it was top of the line for like 6 months, then it was considered thrash in 2 years when dual cores came out.
I agree with the last two posts, no system can be made future-proof, and I realize how silly I was when I put this title.
This system would do great 1 year, than I would have to add another GPU ( would be cheaper by than too).
In 2005 I spent $1700 on a 17inch Pavilion ZD w/ P4@3Ghz, 1Gb ram, 256Mb X600, 80 Gb HDD - This is what I am still using, worth $150 now! I put Win7 and 2Gb ram, I can surf the net, play CS Source decent, acceptable in CAD too, but slow. I can still wait a ivy bridge but than will come something else better and so on...
I have to meditate:
1.Go for this build
2.Go for a $1500 build
3.Go for a laptop
Check out my $1000 build in my siggy and you should be good to go. The two motherboards you're are looking at are overpriced and you defiantly don't need them. The boards i recommended will provide plenty of performance for you. For way less too.
Great overclocking isn't needed when almost every P67/Z68 board even the cheap ones can get the 2500K/2600K up to 4ghz, any more than that and you're just lucky. Not all SB chips are made to the same grade, any more than 4ghz and you should be more than happy.