Hello, got some great help here a few years ago for a quad monitor online poker machine, but now I'm looking to buy all new again and very much lost. Looking to spend up to $1,200 and focusing on fast disk + lots of ram.
Approximate Purchase Date: < 1 week.
900-1200 (after rebates, before shipping)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Data analysis, web development, gaming.
Are you buying a monitor: No
Parts to Upgrade: Everything but keyboard/mouse.
Do you need to buy OS: No.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon
Location: SF Bay Area (Sunnyvale, CA USA)
Parts Preferences: Prefer Nvidia (linux compat)
120GB+ SSD for OS
Needs wifi card.
Quiet is great, but not a necessity.
SLI or Crossfire:
Your Monitor Resolution:
Dual @ 1920x1080
Support for: Single 2560x1440 27" (considering this upgrade)
Will be dual booting with different needs:
Win7/8 - Starcraft 2, Dota 2, and the occasional Steam games. I don't need to max out graphics on the latest games.
Linux - Heavy database and in memory operations, 16GB minimum but would prefer option to increase to 32GB later.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading:
Old machine repurposed as a Vmware ESXI host, need a new development machine and want to play Dota 2 choppy-free.
Shop Amazon and avoid paying sales tax. This build includes an Nvidia GTX 660 ti with 3GB of VRAM so as to handle those high resolutions. It also includes an i7 Ivy Bridge for hyper threading. If your aps don't utilize hyper threading than it's easy enough to cut this build by $125+ with an i5 cpu.
I've made some changes, but not sure if they still work together:
1. Added wireless adapter.
2. Removed duplicate optical drive.
3. Changed the case.
4. Switched to 32GB ram.
5. Removed sound card (don't think I need that).
6. Upgrade 1tb drive to 2tb.
In particular I'm worried the ram type isn't right for the chipset/mobo? It would be fantastic to get 32gb in there so I can run a full web stack (4 x 4gb ram virtual machines) in the background. Also not sure how 3770K compares to 3770 in processor?