Purpose: Gaming PC but also use it for development type work . . . overall speed is the key. OS: Vista 64 Bit
Case: Antec 902 - $150
Board: asus p6t Deluxe - $285
Chip: i7-920 -$285
(has a package deal with case)
Ram: 6GB tri-channel Pc-2000 DDR3 - $240
(Better Clock speed VS lower latency?)
GPU: 2x GTX 285 SLI - 2 x $320 = $640
(is it better for 3-way crossfire or 4-way SLI with lower cards? Haven't seen any benchmarks on these??)
PSU: OCZ 1000w SLI certified $215
Sound: CL SB X-FI Titanium PCIe $90
(I'm a sound nut)
I have an old 10k RPM SATA HD from a DELL XPS (current PC bought in 2004), but not sure on the cache (120GB space). My plan is to use that for a system/programs drive and add a second 1TB data drive. Also has anyone seen any benchmarks about solid state vs SATA? Would it be good for the primary drive to be solid state instead?
Need advise on cooling for CPU/Ram as OCing is . Want to stick with air unless absolutely necessary.
Budget is about $2000 +/- 300. Looking for suggestions on any specific piece or general approach. I'm also interested in running an 8-core system (I see the Mac's have 8 cores but haven't seen anything other than skulltrail for intel PCs.) Any dual core mobos out there and would you recommend going for it?
Something like this but can't find a retail version:
Interested in all comments, am not attached to this build, just one an all-around performance machine.