I am going to be purchasing my first build, which will be optimised for GIS. Using ESRI's ArcGIS software, I will be performing spatial analyses on large datasets, some 3D modelling, programming.
I am looking at the following:
ASUS M5A97 EVO
AMD FX 8150
Apacer 4GB DDR3 RAM x2
Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO
Thermaltake Litepower 550W
This will be my initial purchase, I will be adding a graphics card later, as onboard graphics is suffiecient for now. Just to be clear, I will not be gaming on this pc at all, I will purely use it for GIS. The current application is 32-bit, with some tools now using 64-bit background geoprocessing. My concern is the PSU/cooling. What is the minimum requirement for this setup?
Thanks for the quick reply. I don't need more RAM than that for the moment, though I will be adding more later (currently running ArcGIS 10.1 on Windows 8 on a Dual Core Compaq laptop with 2GB RAM). I'm really just wanting to get the basic setup for now so I can do my work, and add more optimal hardware later.
Wrt the power supply, the options available to me are:
My country likes to overcharge for electronic stuff. The place I'm buying it from will assemble it for me at least. Buying the components separately from my local online retailer and picking it up from their warehouse directly (a few minutes drive from me) costs more. And that's not taking into account the fact that I've never assembled a computer from scratch (most I've done is swap hard drives and graphics cards around). Those prices I just roughly converted based on the current exchange rate.
Okay, if you plan on overclocking then go ahead and get the 8120 if it costs much less. The reason being is most of these two chips (8150 and 8120) will reach the same overclock potential on an air cooler like the Hyper 212 I see in your parts list. So you might as well save a few bucks if you can. Maybe put it towards a slightly more powerful GPU, more RAM, better PSU, or just stick the money back in your pocket. Whatever suits you best.
Okay then stick with the FX-8150 and you could probably ditch the aftermarket cooler if you don't plan on overclocking. They are nice to have just incase you do want to get higher frequencies later on. They're aren't entirely necessary though at stock settings.