I need advice selecting parts to build a new system. I have upgraded a system before but never beyond replacing the video card or drives or RAM so I'm not sure about selecting PSU, fans, motherboards and such.
The system will be used for engineering simulations mostly (and Skyrim, and Mass Effect 3 next year haha).
I selected some parts by putting together a PC on CyberPowerPC's website then writing the parts down. My concerns are:
1) Will they go well together?
2) Any better alternatives?
Salvaged from my dead PC:
Gigabyte NVIDIA GTX460 1GB
4GB x1 Kingston 1600MHz
To be purchased:
Intel i7-2600K 3.40GHz
Corsair Vengeance 4GB x 2 DDR3 1600MHz (will this work well with the Kingston 4GB?)
Creative Labs SB0570
Intel 82540EM Network Card
To be decided:
CPU fan (need suggestion, will overclock moderately)
^engineering simulations -> 2600K's probably worth it. What program(s)?
You need an even number of RAM sticks. I wouldn't risk mixing companies. Find sticks that match the old one or get an entirely new set. 8gb would probably do it.
If you're not going to do SLI, a 500W PSU will be fine for all but the best GPUs. If you are, probably 650W.
Um...what do you have a network card in there for?
You don't need a sound card unless you have some kind of many-thousand-dollar sound system, or a thousand-dollar pair of headphones and a silent room. Then you'd need lossless song compression, etc etc. It's almost certainly unnecessary.
I use mostly MATLAB/Simulink. Graduate level control/systems stuff though so it gets pretty heavy.
I don't play games that much anymore but I do keep up with my favourites series like Mass Effect or Elders Scroll or Fallout so I might add another graphics card in the future. Guess I'll go for the 650W.
And yeah come to think of it, I didn't need a network or sound card before anyways. Thought it might be fun or something haha. Also, i read something about sound cards taking the load off CPU's. I'm just gonna remove them from the list to pay for the 650W.
And thanks Emelth for the CPU cooling suggestion Emelth.
Your motherboard will have at least one ethernet port built into it.
If you think you need the i7, get it now. It is not a worthwhile upgrade for an i5-K later.
A discrete sound card will decrease CPU utilization rates, but with a multi-core, multi-threaded processor, it just doesn't matter much. Besides, you will not be using the sound much when you are running simulations.
The 2600k with HT (hyperthreading) is barely better than the 2500k (no HT) in today's gaming.....however it has a huge performance difference in mutlthreaded apps. If your engineering apps are mutlithreaded, then the 2600k is a no brainer.
Anything that benefits from HT, will also benefit from more, faster and lower CAS RAM. That being the case I'd look at RAM speeds as recommended by your app vendors and not reusing your old Kingston stuff.
According to nVidia, ya wud need a 650 watt PSU for twin 460's
XFX Core Edition is $60 after MIR