Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next 2 weeks
Budget Range: $750 - $900 (Before rebates)
System Usage (i want everything working flawlessly):
Before i list some things that i use the computer for i will mention i like to run multiple programs at the same time and as i am writing this post i have about 80 firefox tabs open
more or less listed in "most important to least" but as i said w/e i do i want it to work well
multi-tasking, *gaming,, heavy web browsing,
emulation,virtualization, photoshop, CAD programs/engineering, development, watching HD movies, data management
* Gaming - I would like to play all modern games with the most eye candy i can afford (playing games on one 1920x1200 screen)
+ also I consume lots of data that i like to save on my harddrive(s); having something to allow me to move upwards of hundreds of GB of data around is a plus
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
the above listed i will mostly consider as upgrades; for the OS i plan to use Linux, will start with the upcomming LTS release of Ubuntu ; will get windows later and run as a virtual machine
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I'm open to shopping at any established and legitimate site; only one i have ever been at though is newegg but have only bought 3 computer parts before
Country: im in the USA
Parts Preferences: What ever gets me the best bang for my buck and does the most i can get on my budget. I hear AMD might be what im looking for
parts with awesome standard warranties gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling inside
mobo with support for alot of harddrives and connectors for fans/internal cooling
The following two i know nothing about but would like to know more and they be viable options i would like my system to support these options.
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution(s): I will have a few monitors - 1920x1200 (main screen; will be gaming alot on this screen) other two i had in mind where 1x 1920x1090, 1x 1280x1024
I am thinking of starting with 3 monitors, eventually maybe scaling up to 8 monitors (likely to be all diff sorts of resolutions). purpose of these monitors is to multi-task
Additional Comments: I want the best bang for my buck; the system has a strong base and foundation to be upgraded later (if iirc im thinking of the mobo here right?)
without upgrades i would like all the hardware to last at least 5 years iirc right this would be requirement of good cooling and a quality psu?
Some minimum specs i had in mind where:
CPU: Quad Core @ 3.2 GHz
Case: can house lots of harddrives (ex able to house ones used for main system and a second set as the backup drives.)
more of a bonus but..
Case: lots of expansion slots to have cool toys on external bays and window to be able to see through the case for the "bling" factor
just in case it would play into gaming performance I will be running windows as a virtual machine rather than the host OS.
think thats it right now.. I appreciate all the help i can get in guiding me in the right direction to make my new computer a reality
Are you near Microcenter? If so, get the i7 2600K for $200.
Get the build gunit suggested. a great build, but like I said, the i7>i5(not by much though), and if you're near a MicroCenter, don't hesitate to buy it over the i5.
where i live im 100 miles away from the nearest airport, walmart, night club, liquor store or university (am not exaggerating)
so like 100 miles away from civilization, literally lol; so all shopping is done via online.
also if i can ask why is a lower spec'd intel proc recommended over a higher spec amd that costs less?
As Im doing my shopping research im taking in new posts here to help with my search queries; one thing i am wondering right now though, AMD nomenclature seems fairly straight foward to navigate unlike Intel but have some grio on it now but what i want to know right now is when im looking at intel processors and i want a minimum of quad cores @ 3 GHz would i want to look at any other species than the i5 and i7 families?