I am into graphics programming and don't really play any games.
Will having dual GPU's have an automatic effect, or do you have to programatically take advantage of more than one GPU?
And I have the same question about having multiple CPU cores. It has 4 cores, but when does a computer utilize these cores? And from a programmer's standpoint, how do you take advantage of them?
I have been programming on a 10+ year old pc for many years now, so I'm lost when it comes to the more modern technology.
Also feel free to give any advice on the computer I have selected in general. I'm still not sure what best suits me.
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I guess you could say I do game graphics.
Natural things like water simulation, terrain, atmospheric scattering, ray tracing etc. are what I'm really into.
I could certainly benefit from multiple cores though.
I'm actually looking around on ibuypower right now. Haven't found something like this computer but you're right, I'm sure I can build something.
If it is that kind of graphics programming, then yes you can get a good Graphic Card with a high GPGPU Performance (for water sim and ray tracing), like the newer 7xxx cards.
I personally have a HD 7770, and it works pretty well for gaming at 1080p.
You could also benefit from an HyperThreaded CPU. (i7 2500k)
Ok I'm liking this ibuypower custom build thing.
I had tried digitalstorm and it was all just too expensive and overkill for me.
So scratch the multiple GPU thing off, if I'm personally selecting what is in the computer I'd rather just have a high end single GPU.
Still wondering about multiple cores, but I'm sure a little research will turn up some interesting things about that.
Also if anyone knows any other pc building sites please do share.