I've not been staying abreast of developments in the PC world, though I occasionally do dip in, so I need some help getting an emergency system built! My laptop mainboard failed last night... And it came at the worst time -- i had just finished a massive simulation and have no backup of it.
I am no longer familiar with any of the subtle details that go into speccing a build so a bit of help would be much appreciated!
Approximate Purchase Date: less than 1 week! (Preferably, not more than 2-3 days)
Budget Range: £600
System Usage from Most to Least Important:
Solving equations on the CPU and on GPU/CUDA, and Using standard Engineering/Software tools like MATLAB/Orcad and Visual Studio .NET
Watching Movies )
Parts Not Required: Mouse, speakers. (As for OS, my university is giving a discounted Win7 Prof (Upgrade) for £70. I am hoping to use my existing OEM copy of Vista that came with my Dell Laptop and then upgrading. Would like to discuss other options. (The budget excludes OS costs)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: overclockers.co.uk, ebuyer.com (I prefer to get all parts from one place, and monitor from ebuyer)
Country of Origin: United Kingdom (Eastbourne, East Sussex)
Parts Preferences: Would prefer a system that is not too heavy/big when moving day comes. NVIDIA GPU will be ideal. Intel preferred but not required.
Overclocking: Maybe (in the future)
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (in the future... I was planning on going SLI with the 460 and upgrade to Nvidia Stereo3D in about 6 months)
Monitor Resolution: 1440x900 minimum
Additional Comments: I'm not a hardcore gamer, but I have my phases. Right now my research takes me up all my time because I'm an Electrical Engineer and Comp Scientist by training but I am making the transition into research in mathematics. However when I am caught up with all my work I will probably end up playing a lot of Company of Heroes, WoW and possibly Starcraft 2.