overkill or eventually necessary?

i typically have 200 firefox/IE tabs open (up to 400/500 would be better) along with 10-20 adobe files, 50-100 outlook emails open, multiple window folders, 15-30 excel files, 10 word files and a few other small programs all running/open at the same time.  I am looking for a computer that will last me at least 6-8 years.  i'm looking at a computer running -

*either I7 5820k, 5930k or possibly 5960k
*definitely 64gb ddr4 ram
*definitely ssd 1TB
*probably RAID 1with additional 1TB ssd
*running windows 7 pro
with multiple video cards because i'm assuming (is it true??) that is optimal when running multiple monitors??? (although i presently run 2 monitors off a laptop with some "startech usb" gadget that helps me through the single video card issue)

any advice would be greatly appreciated
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dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.Commented:
Six to eight years?  I think you are being slightly optimistic there as to the length of time a computer will last.

Windows 7?  You'll probably be going to Windows 10 at least for security.

Multiple video cards aren't a necessity for multiple monitors.  If you were heavily into gaming then yes.  If you were into extremely high resolution monitors then maybe or yes but you can get 2 Gb or 4 Gb video cards which should cater for those.

Why 1 Tb SSD raided?  You could probably use a 512 Mb SSD (or perhaps a 256 Mb SSD) and use a standard SATA hard disk for file storage.  Backup frequently to external storage.  Unless you have an extreme amount of data in your system.

The rest of your specs seem reasonable.

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Look at the top end Lenovo computers. They have computers that will take 32 GB of ram and I think 64 GB. Desktop computers can take 64 GB.

1 TB SSD will probably need to be third party and you need a machine with 2 drive  bays, so I think you are looking at a desktop.

6 to 8 years is a long time, even for commercial computers. I get 5 -6 years although they remain running for the most part after that.

Windows 7 will be dead and gone in 5 years so don't start with Windows 7. If you need a computer right now, start with Windows 8.1. If you can wait for 6 to 7 months, start with Windows 10 Pro 64-bit.
Gerald ConnollyCommented:
If you want to go down the High performance/spec route, its going to have to be a Desktop that way you can have the most RAM, the fastest Processors, fastest RAM, Fastest bus speeds etc, and dont forget to check out the number of PCIe Slots and lanes and stuff as well. Obviously using an SSD is a must but i agree with John & dbrunton use a smaller disk for the OS & maybe an enterprise class HDD for the rest.

There are computers out there that have been running and doing their job for 30+ years, but they may have been state of the art when installed, but your phone now has 10x or more their computing power. Its a matter of technological change, in IT that change is rapid, consumer PC's are out of date in < 6 Months, Business PC's (Servers) maybe 18-24 Months. 7 years ago, SSD's were virtually unheard of, now they come as standard in high-end PC's and laptops.

A system you spec and buy today will probably survive 6-7 years if looked after, but it will seem incredibly slow and lack features in 7 years time, it may not even run the by then latest version of Windows
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
> i typically have 200 firefox/IE tabs open (up to 400/500 would be better)

I'm not going to comment on your hardware config, but as someone (like me) who keeps a ton of Firefox tabs open, you may find this article helpful:
How to save the names and URLs of open Firefox tabs in a plain text file

Regards, Joe
Danny ChildIT ManagerCommented:
Apart from the Adobe mentioned, I don't see any requirement for such expensive hardware.  Even Adobe - are we talking Acrobat, or Photoshop - that's a massive difference?  You're in Workstation territory, which is normally high-end video editing, 3D rendering workstations, engineering modelling, fluid mechanics, and so on.  

Save some of your cash, and plan to replace the PC in 4 years instead.

Most SSD based systems use a smaller SSD disk for the boot OS, and traditional or hybrid disks for file storage.  More bang for the buck.
Danny ChildIT ManagerCommented:
We bought a system from these guys a few years back, for financial modelling
http://www.workstationspecialist.com/workstations/ws180/configure/
It had 2 Tesla graphics cards in for crunching the numbers.
cost was £8,000 - approx $12,000
 - but you need to really specify the end goal to get the right solution.
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