I'm looking to do a massive upgrade from my Dell XPS 430, and I'd like your input.
First off, let me say that I know this is overkill, however I'm wanting to build for the future as well. Time has passed my dell by, and it's past the point of upgrades to keep it wiht the times. With this build, I hope to have the capability to slowly upgrade as (if) needed, step by step.
Approximate Purchase Date: Flexible -- next few weeks, or if there is something on the horizon, I can consider waiting.
Budget Range: $3000 ish USD
System Usage from Most to Least Important: WOW, other gaming, CNC, Television recording / watching, browsing, occasional .net programming
CPU: Yes, it's an i7, and that's over kill,
however I'm going with that to future proof,
get a Motherboard which allows 64G Ram
I've always been intrigued by RAID, but I don't trust the SSD's in Raid 0.
Again, anoter overkill, however I'm planning on creating a RamDisk (50ishG) to run temp files, and the app of the month. (WOW, VCarve, etc)
Sound: looks like the Motherboard will have 5.1 no problem for me.
6 SSD's Raid 10 to load the Ramdisk image quickly at boot.
Keeping my current 7200 Hitachi HDD (Sata2) for media and SSD backups
Video: pushing 3 monitors = 2 cards. (At least I didn't get 2 of the 690's)
Case: Here's one that I've been battling with... I've been trying to find a case that my cat can lie down on top of, as it's become his favorite place to hang out when I'm in the office. I'm thinking that the louvered top vents, plus the push fans will keep Cat hair out.
Yes, I know this is a wall of text, and I appreciate your making it through it all. Overall, again, I know it's overkill, but as I said, I'm wanting to future proof and I think this fits that bill. Consider any comments on "you don't need" as acknowleged, but I'm looking more for the "that won't work" or "watch out for this" on the build, or even a "this will be better".
$1500 should buy a system with i5-3570K and XFire HD7950 with 3 GB VRAM for your multiscreen layout. Anything more is total overkill. Invest the other $1500 in interest and you'll have over $1700 to spend in 2-3 years for a system overhaul.
Personally I would spend the extra $130 and get an i7-3770k processor. And memory is cheap enough now, I'd go with 16gb instead of 8gb.
It all depends what you're using a computer for. Mostly gaming? i5 is perfect. But if you are doing video editing you will appreciate the extra speed of the i7. Also personally, I would get Windows 7 Pro instead of 8. W8 is not as good for desktops in my opinion, it's more for mobile devices.