I’m contemplating building a new computer. Here’s kind of what I have in mind so far. I have an old antec full tower case about 7 years old that my current computer is housed in, I might have to cut a new fan hole or two. If I can’t make it work? I do want a full tower case but I don’t want or need anything that lights up in the dark or looks like a race car.
I plan on running Widows 7.
Haven’t done all the research on a power supply yet, but it looks like 500 watts should be plenty. I don’t know what’s in it now but I doubt it will be adequate. I have several IDE WD hard drives, a new 750 gb Sata drive and an old WD Sata drive that I need to check out. Also have one Omega external HD. Budget is flexible but I don’t want to get too crazy.
Ok well if you want to use the latest 64 bit offerings from Adobe or Cyberpower or Sony you need the following.
2600 i7 CPU
Motherboard is fine
16 GB RAM
10000 RPM HDD in RAID 0 if possible for the scratch drives.
A decent NVIDIA card for CUDA support. 560 Ti minimum
A 1080 P monitor
A Blu Ray Burner
These are similar specifications to my Rig which is being pushed to the limit in HD Video Editing by the latest 64 bit Video Editing applications going on the market. My 2600 K runs at 98% across all 8 cores (hyperthreading) and they cache up all 16 GB RAM in minutes. Anything less than Velicoraptors (mine are in RAID 0) causes the software to lag and drop frames. In some cases it causes the software to crash. The i5 is not enough I can assure you and yes I am talking about consumer level software not the professional versions. 64 bit software is changing the rules of the game. Don't be caught out.