I am trying to gather technical requirments for a new machine I would like to build. Specifically I need heavy processing power due to the amount of data/math calcs/algorithms I will be executing on the system. would you please provide me with some suggestions as to what I should start looking at?
I currently have an i7 Q820 @1.73Hhz w/ 12GB of Ram on 64bit system and 256GB SSD - but I need more juice than this.
Start by looking at a Z68 or P67 motherboard (LGA1155) and an i7-2600k processor. That combo overclocked to roughly 4.5GHz (with an aftermarket CPU cooler) is FAST, however you can go bigger with an X79 motherboard (LGA2011) and Extreme CPU such as the i7-3930k. ...which can also be nicely overclocked. When you decide, come back with a budget and I am sure the forum can get a parts list together.
Thank you for the specs. for the SSD and HD would the HD be used as a secondary drive to store data and run the OS and Apps off the SSD?
Yep! The only thing to keep in mind is that an SSD will loose performance when full. Best practice says keep it close to 40% free disk space and you are good. If you can fit the OS, apps and games all on the SSD then the 2TB is just for backup / storage and you should consider a 1TB / 500GB for cost savings. Otherwise just change the install path for your apps / games to install to the secondary drive.
When you step up to X79 you get cores, clock speed, hyperthreading and cache size. ...all the above. You are probably better off with an overclocked i7-2600k over the i7-3820 since it can not be overclocked. I would recommend the i7-3930k if you have an interest in overclocking. The I7-3960x is just too expensive...