Building a new computer

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#1

I want to build a new computer and I know that I want the Intel Core i7 980x processor and the NVIDA GeForce GTX 480 video card. Those are the 2 most important things I want. All the other components would need to be compatible with those and I don’t need them to be top of the line…low to mediocre would suffice if the performance doesn’t suffer. I don’t know how strong of a battery I would need or how powerful of a fan. As for the motherboard, well that is where I am having the most trouble as there are so many to choose from. Again just something that doesn’t hurt the performance. I don’t need a Blu-Ray Drive, just a DVD/CD RW and the sound card isn’t really a big deal either…low to medium grade is fine. 500GB hard drive is enough and 2 or 3 GB of RAM is good for now (I can always upgrade later) unless that wouldn’t be enough for good performance. As for a monitor, I have the 17" Dell 1704 which I’m sure would not be able to support the top of the line video card, so if you could recommend one of similar size and up to 20" that would be great. I want to see how much this would cost me.


#2

This type of question is best dealt with in Gen. Hardware, so I’m moving this thread over there.

Welcome to the forums niklas24.


#3

Okay here we go…

I’ll give you the option to get two gtx460 1GB video cards, you can think about it, you will save around $100 and get much higher performance running two cards in SLI.

Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition Gulftown 3.33GHz LGA 1366 130W Six-Core $1000
GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $210
Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $125 ($15 rebate)
Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI $125 (10% off with promo code Apsu10, also $25 rebate). This is a good PSU for a gamer, a lot of power on the 12V rails.
ZOTAC AMP! ZT-40102-10P GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $500
Acer S231HLbid Black 23" 5ms HDMI LED-Backlight LCD monitor Slim Design $210
COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $80
Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B $20
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders $100
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM $75

$2435 -$40 rebates

The other option would be to get two good GTX460’s, you would save over $100 and get even better performance with SLI games.
This card would be a good choice: GIGABYTE GV-N460OC-1GI GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5

Starting with a good 1TB drive is a good idea for now. Later you can add a fast SSD drive as your boot drive and just use the 1TB for storage. This particular 1TB HDD is very fast and will work good as a boot drive.


#4

Thanks for the reply Eric. I just got your reply and I’ve been doing some research myself the past few days and this is the system I designed…I just don’t know if everything is compatible with each other. Could you let me know? Also, there are a few things that I’m not sure I need or if they should be a higher option than what I picked. Everything in red are my questions and the bullets are the other choices I have to choose from:

[B][U]Case:[/U][/B] Xion Predator 970 Gaming Series Mid Tower Case w/ 2 External Removable HDD Bays
[B][U]Internal USB Extension Module:[/U][/B] NZXT Internal USB 6-PORT Expansion Module
[B][U]Extra Case Fan Upgrade:[/U][/B] Default case fans [B]- Do I need more??[/B]

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[li][COLOR=red][B]Maximum 120MM Case Cooling Fans for your selected case [/B][/COLOR][/li][li][COLOR=red][B]Maximum 120MM Color Case Cooling Fans for your selected case [/B][/COLOR][/li][li][COLOR=red][/COLOR][B][COLOR=Red]Maximum Enermax 120MM Case Cooling Fans for selected case (Maximum Silent Operation) (1,000 RPM Black Color with No LED Enlobal Magnetic Barometric Bearing 17 dBA)[/COLOR][/B][/li][/ul]
[B][U]Noise Reduction Technology:[/U][/B] None [B]– Is this system going to be loud?[/B]

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[li][B]Sound Absorbing Foam on Side, Top And Bottom [/B][/li][li][B]Power Supply Gasket[/B][/li][li][B]Anti-Vibration Fan Mounts[/B][/li][/ul]
[B][U]CPU:[/U][/B] Intel® Core™ i7-980X Extreme Edition 3.33 GHz 12M Intel Smart Cache LGA1366
[B][U]Venom Boost Fast And Efficient Factory Overclocking:[/U][/B][B] [/B]No Overclocking
[B][U]Cooling Fan:[/U][/B] Asetek 510LC Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan (Enhanced Cooling Performance + Extreme Silent at 20dBA) [B]– Is this one OK?[/B]

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[li][B][COLOR=RoyalBlue](All Venom OC Certified) Asetek 570LX Liquid Cooling system w/ 240MM Radiator and Dual Fans (Extreme Overclocking Performance + Extreme Silent at 20dBA[/COLOR][/B][/li][li][B][COLOR=RoyalBlue](All Venom OC Certified) CyberPower Xtreme Hydro Liquid Cooling Kit 240MM w/ Dual Fan(CPU & GPU Liquid Cool Capable, Extreme Overclcking Performance + Extreme Slient at 18dBA) [/COLOR][/B][/li][li][B][COLOR=RoyalBlue](All Venom OC Certified) CyberPower Xtreme Hydro Liquid Cooling Kit 360MM w/ Triple Fan(CPU & GPU Liquid Cool Capable, Extreme Overclocking Performance + Extreme Silent at 18dBA[/COLOR][/B][/li][li][B][COLOR=RoyalBlue](All Venom OC Certified) NZXT Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan (Enhanced Cooling Performance + Extreme Silent at 20dBA[/COLOR][/B][/li][li][B][COLOR=RoyalBlue](All Venom OC Certified)[/COLOR][/B][B] Asetek 550LC Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan (Advanced Cooling Performance + Extreme Silent at 20dBA)[/B][/li][/ul]
[B][U]Motherboard:[/U][/B] (2-Way SLI Support) Asus Sabertooth X58 Intel X58 Chipset SLI/CrossFireX Mainboard Triple-Channel DDR3 FCLGA1366 ATX Mainboard w/ 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, USB3.0, SATA-III, SATA-II RAID, 2 Gen2 PCIe, 1 PCIe X1 & 1 PCI [B]- or[/B]

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[li][B](3-Way SLI Support) Asus P6X58D-E Intel X58 Chipset SLI/CrossFireX Mainboard Triple-Channel DDR3/1600 SATA-III RAID w/ 7.1Audio,GbLAN,IEEE1394a,USB3.0,SATA-III,RAID,3 Gen2 PCIe, 1 PCIe X1 & 2 PCI[/B][/li][/ul]
[B][U]Motherboard Expansion Card:[/U][/B] None – [B]Do I need this??[/B]

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[li][B]Asus U3S6 True 2 x USB 3.0 & 2 x SATA-III PCIe X4 Expansion Card [/B][/li][li][B]Asus True 2 x USB 3.0 PCIe Expansion Card [/B][/li][li][B][/B][B]MSI STAR-USB3 2-Port USB 3.0 PCI-E Expansion Card[/B][/li][/ul]
[B][U]Memory:[/U][/B] 6GB (2GBx3) DDR3/1866MHz Triple Channel Memory Module (Corsair Dominator)
[B][U]Video Card:[/U][/B] NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB 16X PCIe Video Card [B]- what is the difference between running 2 lower grade video cards and 1 great one?[/B]

[B][U]Video Card 2:[/U][/B] None
[B][U]Video Card 3:[/U][/B] None
[B][U]Dedicated PHYSX Card:[/U][/B] None – [B]Just an enhancement and not really needed, correct?[/B]
[B][U]Multiple Video Card Settings:[/U][/B] Xtreme Performance in SLI/CrossFireX Gaming Mode Supports Single Monitor [B]– I’m assuming I was the SLI since the motherboard I picked is SLI, right?[/B]

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[li][B]Non-SLI/Non-CrossFireX Mode Supports Multiple Monitors[/B][/li][/ul]
[B][U]Power Supply Upgrade:[/U][/B] 800 Watts - XtremeGear Gaming Power Supply - Quad SLI Ready
[B][U]Hard Drive:[/U][/B] 600GB Gaming Western Digital VelociRaptor 10,000RPM SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 32MB Cache WD6000HLHX (Single Hard Drive)
[B][U]Hard Drive Cooling Fan:[/U][/B] Vigor iSURF II Hard Disk Drive Cooling System [B]- do I need this?[/B]

  [B][U]Optical Drive:[/U][/B] Sony 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)

[B][U]Sound:[/U][/B] HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO [B]– Good Enough??[/B]

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[li][B]Asus Xonar DG 5.1 Channels PCI Xonar DG Sound Card [/B][/li][li][B]A[/B][B]sus Xonar DS 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Audio [/B][/li][li][B]Asus Xonar DX 7.1 Channels PCIe [/B][/li][li][B]Asus Xonar D1 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Sound Card [/B][/li][li][B]Asus Xonar D2 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Ultra Fidelity Sound Card w/ Complete Dolby/DTS Sound [/B][/li][li][B]Asus Xonar Essence STX Virtual 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCIe 124 DB SNR / Headphone AMP Card [/B][/li][li][B]Asus Xonar Essence ST 24-bit 192KHz PCI Sound Card [/B][/li][li][B]Asus Xonar Xense 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCIe Sound Card w/ Sennheiser Headset [/B][/li][li][B]ESS 3D WAVETABLE SOUND [/B][/li][li][B]Creative Labs SB Audigy SE [/B][/li][li] [B]Creative Labs X-FI XtremeGamer 24-BIT PCI Sound Card [/B][/li][li][B]Creative Labs SB X-Fi Xtreme Audio 24-BIT PCI Sound Card [/B][/li][li][B]Creative Labs SB X-FI Titanium Fatal1ty Champion Series PCI Express Sound Card[/B][/li][/ul]
[B][U]LCD Monitor:[/U][/B] 26" Widescreen 1920x1080 Asus VW266H LCD w/ Built-in Speaker, DVI, & HDMI-Input
[B][U][/U][/B][B][U]Network:[/U][/B] Onboard Gigabit LAN Network [B]– Don’t know which option I should choose (is the onboard Gigabit LAN network good enough?):[/B]

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[li][B]Onboard Gigabit LANNetwork[/B][/li][li][B]Intel Pro Gigabite 10/100/1000 Network [/B][/li][li][B]Killer Xeno Pro Gigabit High Speed Online Gaming PCI Network Interface Card [/B][/li][li][B]Killerâ„¢ 2100 - Gigabit Maximum Network Performance Online Gaming Network Interface Card[/B][/li][/ul]
[B][U]Network Surge Protector:[/U][/B] None [B]– I’m thinking this would be a good investment for an expensive PC?[/B]

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[li][B]GigaByte Lightning Guardian Angel LAN Surge Protector[/B][B][/B][/li][/ul]
[B][U]Keyboard:[/U][/B] Xtreme Gear (Black Color) Multimedia/Internet USB Keyboard
[B][U]Mouse:[/U][/B] XtremeGear Optical USB 3 Buttons Gaming Mouse
[B][U]Extra Thermal Display:[/U][/B] None [B]– Is this really needed?[/B]

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[li][B]Aerocool Touch 1000 5.25" Touch Screen Fan Control [/B][/li][li][B]Aerocool Touch 2000 Dual Bay Touch Screen Fan Control [/B][/li][li][B]Aerocool V12XT Dual Bay Touch Screen Fan Control [/B][/li][li][B]Thermal Temperature Color LCD Display (Black Color) [/B][/li][li][B]NZXT Sentry-2 Fan Touch Screen Fan Control & Temperature Display [/B][/li][li][B]NZXT Sentry LX Aluminum High Performance Fan Control, Clock, & Temperature [/B][/li][li][B]Ultra ULT40123 MD3 5.25" USB Multi Function Media Dashboard LCD Fan Controller (Black Color)[/B][/li][/ul]
[B][U]Wireless 802.11 B/G/N Access Point:[/U][/B] None – [B](have a Linksys Wireless G router – WRT54G2)[/B]
[B][U]Wireless 802.11B/G Network Card[/U][/B][U]:[/U] none - [B]will be wired[/B][B][/B]
[B][U]External Wireless Network Card[/U][/B][U]:[/U] Asus USB-N10 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 150Mbps Wireless USB Adapter [B](no extra charge)[/B]
[B][U]Flash Media Reader/Writer:[/U][/B] INTERNAL 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer (BLACK COLOR) [B](no extra charge)[/B]
[B][U]Printer:[/U][/B] Samsung ML-2525W Mono Laser Printer-Wireless [B][U]Power Protection:[/U][/B] None [B]- only needed in case power goes out or should I also invest in this for protection against damage to PC if power goes out?[/B]

[B][U]Surge Protector:[/U][/B] None [B](will get one from local store)[/B]

[B][U]IEEE1394 Card:[/U][/B] None – [B]Is this needed?[/B]

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[li][B]IEEE 1394 CARD AND DRIVER[/B][B][/B][/li][/ul]
[B][U]USB Port:[/U][/B] Built-in USB 2.0 Ports [B]– should I add more?[/B]

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[li][B]Add External USB 2.0 Hub (4x USB 2.0 Ports) [/B][/li][li][B]Ultra ULT31806 External 4-Port USB Hub[/B][/li][/ul]
[B][U]Operating System:[/U][/B] Windows XP
[B][U]Ultra Care Option:[/U][/B] None [B]– Is any of this necessary?[/B]

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[li][B]CoolerMaster Thermal Fusion 400 Extreme Performance CPU - Thermal Compound Optimized for Thermal Dissipation[/B][/li][li][B]Professional Wiring for All WIRING Inside The System Chassis - Minimize Cable Exposure, Maximize Airflow in Your System[/B][/li][/ul]
[B][U][/U][/B]Thanks so much!!!


#5

If the Asus P6X58D-E is the better motherboard it is only $12 more. I will get that one instead…but would everything else be compatible with that one?


#6

-You can upgrade to the Enermax fans if you like.
-You don’t need the noise reducing stuff.
-I don’t reccomend you get any of the water cooling stuff, that requires good attention and has to be done properly and maintained.
-Stick with the Sabertooth
-No expansion card
-GTX580 should be nice.
-No phyx card needed.
-Your only getting one video card so you select no for this, your MB is SLI capable.
-Power supply is important, you want to get Seasonic/Corsair/Antec one of those and atleast 650W.
-VelociRaptor is not worth getting its not the fastest anymore. Idealy you would get a SSD drive (64GB -1200GB) for you main boot drive, then a second large storage drive like 1TB or 2TB (they are cheap now).
-No HDD cooling fan.
-On board audio is good, quality speakers are more important than a sound card.
-Onboard Gigabit LANNetwork is good.
-Network surge supressor is not need, but a good power surge supressor is a good thing to get.
-No thermal display.
-No IEE1394 card is needed.
-You don’t need more USB ports.
-If the “CoolerMaster Thermal Fusion 400 Extreme Performance CPU” is cheap (less than $10) then go for it. Professional wiring is not needed but if its cheap you can get it.


#7

Thank you so much for the quick reply. OK…no liquid cooling fan it is. What would you recommend from these:

• Intel LGA1366 Certified CPU Fan & Heatsink
• Kingwin XT-1264 120mm Xtreme Direct H.T.C. (Heat-pipe Touch Chip) CPU Cooler w/ 1366
• Thermaltake V1 Gaming CPU Cooling Fan (Excellent Overclocking + Silent Proof + Smart CPU & System Thermal Monitor
• Thermaltake SpinQ Gaming CPU Cooling Fan (CLP0466
• (Venom Boost Extreme OC Certified) * Thermaltake FRIO Overclocking Cooler Fan (CLP0564
• (Venom Boost Extreme OC Certified) XtremeGear HP-1216B Five Heatpipes Direct Core Contact Copper Heatsink CPU Cooling Fan (Extreme Silent at 20dBA & Overclock Proof) (Extreme Silent at 20dBA & Overclock Proof
• XtremeGear Ultra Triple Heatpipes Cool Copper Heatsink CPU Cooling Fan (Extreme Silent at 20dBA & Overclock Proof)
• (Venom Boost Extreme OC Certified) CoolerMaster V6 CPU Cooler (Copper Base Double-V Heatpipe
• (Venom Boost Extreme OC Certified) CoolerMaster V6 GT CPU Cooler (Nickle Plated Double-V Heatpipe w/ Color Changing LED Cap
• CoolerMaster V8 Gaming CPU Cooling Fan (Extreme Silent Operation at only 22dBA + Overclock Proof)


#8

Also…would an 80GB SSD would be good for a boot drive or do you think it’s too much?


#9

The cooler that the 980x comes with is pretty impressive and since your not overclocking it should do just fine. take a look HERE
edit: looking at that review the cpu really wasn’t as cool as it could be but its still fine for someone that not overclocking, but if you want go for the CoolerMaster V8 Gaming CPU Cooling.

An 80GB SSD drive would be great for a boot drive, the thing is they vary greatly some are fast some aren’t. So if you have the brand and model number that would be great.


#10

Thanks for the info on the 980x cooler. That is one sick CPU!!

I was going to go with the Intel X25-M 80GB SSD. The only other one I could do is Corsair Force 80, but I read that the Intel is better. What do you think?


#11

One more thing…can I run the XP OS on this? I’m reading conflicting information about it.


#12

I’ve also heard that the ASUS Rampage is the best MB out there right now. Would this board be better than the Sabertooth and would everything else I chose still work with it?

Asus Rampage III Gene Intel X58 Chipset SLI/CrossFireX LGA1366 mATX Mainboard - Overclockable w/ 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, IEEE1394a, USB3.0, SATA-III, RAID, 2 Gen2 PCIe, 1 PCIe X1, & 1 PCI (All Venom OC Certified)


#13

[QUOTE=niklas24;2557146]One more thing…can I run the XP OS on this? I’m reading conflicting information about it.[/QUOTE]Using XP with an SSD won’t allow the TRIM command to be sent to the SSD to keep the drive clean, and working at full speed.
Win7 is much better idea if you intend to use an SSD.


#14

[QUOTE=Dee;2557201]Using XP with an SSD won’t allow the TRIM command to be sent to the SSD to keep the drive clean, and working at full speed.
Win7 is much better idea if you intend to use an SSD.[/QUOTE]

Thanks for the info. Does it matter which edition of windows 7 (64 bit vs 32 bit)?


#15

If you will be using 4GB of RAM or more, you will want the 64bit version, as the 32bit version can only handle approx 3.2GB of RAM.


#16

Sound cards are an interesting discussion … a dedicated sound card can make a huge difference in FPS (upto 10%) in some games, compared to the onboard sound.
It depends on the games you are playing, and what sound you will be using. Most newer games are using OpenAL, which is mostly software anyway.
The Soundblaster Xifi’s are really old models,
The ESS 3D wavetable is likely to be a cheaper & older version of the sound chip already on your motherboard.
The Xonar (1) are older models.

The discussion on Network cards also comes up often. Depending on what the chip is on the motherboard can affect your ping. Realtek chips are pretty poor, but operating at gigabit, probably won’t make much difference anyway.
The bigfoot “Killer” network cards make negligible difference, despite their marketting claims, except to the weight of your wallet … in most reviews, they were usually on par with the basic Intel gigabit network adapters, except the intel desktop adapters cost 1/5 the price. In all reviews, the FPS was not changed, and in some reviews only, the ping decreased by single digit milliseconds, and often couldn’t be repeated, suggesting the difference was upstream, caused by the ISP, and not the local network.
You can likely increase your network performance, for gaming only, by tweaking your modems internet connection settings, reducing the MTU, decreasing send/receive buffers & etc.

Do you really need the 980X for gaming? Most games don’t benefit from anything more than a dual core (and that’s a super expensive quad core), and the price difference might get you a second SLI video card, and a big monitor upgrade … rather than using a 20" monitor (ROTFLMAO).

A 950 running at 3.06Ghz is more than adequate … compared to the 980 running at 3.33Ghz … seriously? That’s a 10% increase in CPU speed which likely won’t cause a 10% increase in processing performance, except in theoretical benchmarks.

Heck, you could probably buy a second PC for the price difference.

In Oz, I’ve got the 950<$350, and the 980x at $1350 … That price difference is just shy of buying a pair of 24" LCD’s for dual view [B][I][U]and [/U][/I][/B]a pair of 1GB Ati HD6870’s … alternately a pair of 24" LCD’s and a second GTX-480 for SLI :wink:

Your choice though … bragging rights … or real performance increase.


#17

[QUOTE=debro;2557226]
Do you really need the 980X for gaming? Most games don’t benefit from anything more than a dual core (and that’s a super expensive quad core), and the price difference might get you a second SLI video card, and a big monitor upgrade … rather than using a 20" monitor (ROTFLMAO).

.[/QUOTE]

Its a SIX CORE :smiley:

I agree though, and in the US right now you can get a 950 for $200 at microcenter.


#18

[QUOTE=niklas24;2557144]Thanks for the info on the 980x cooler. That is one sick CPU!!

I was going to go with the Intel X25-M 80GB SSD. The only other one I could do is Corsair Force 80, but I read that the Intel is better. What do you think?[/QUOTE]

[QUOTE=niklas24;2557147]I’ve also heard that the ASUS Rampage is the best MB out there right now. Would this board be better than the Sabertooth and would everything else I chose still work with it?

Asus Rampage III Gene Intel X58 Chipset SLI/CrossFireX LGA1366 mATX Mainboard - Overclockable w/ 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, IEEE1394a, USB3.0, SATA-III, RAID, 2 Gen2 PCIe, 1 PCIe X1, & 1 PCI (All Venom OC Certified)[/QUOTE]

Eric…which SSD and motherboard do you recommend?

[QUOTE=debro;2557226]Do you really need the 980X for gaming? Most games don’t benefit from anything more than a dual core (and that’s a super expensive quad core), and the price difference might get you a second SLI video card, and a big monitor upgrade … rather than using a 20" monitor (ROTFLMAO).[/QUOTE]

Thanks all for the info on the 980x vs the 950 CPU. I will take it into consideration. I will also be using the PC to run ArcGIS which is a resource hog in itself, so I want to make sure I have something decent to run that on too.

Also, I don’t really understand how running 2 mediocre video cards enhances performance as opposed to 1 top of the line card. Can someone enlighten me if it can be explained easily?


#19

The “Gene” version of the Asus Rampage is not as nice as the Sabertooth. The Gene is more of a budget version of the Rampage “formula” board.

The Corsair F80 would be a good choice, I would get it over the Intel.

I don’t see how the ArcGIS software needs a top of the line 6-core cpu. There is a good chance that the ArcGIS software only uses one core of the CPU!

edit: and here you can see for example how two gtx460’s beat a gtx480 by a good margin: Review

There are plenty of other reviews out there just google “gtx460 sli review”. But get the GTX580 if thats what you want. The only disadvantages of SLI is that not all games support it right away (but most do) and there may be the ocassional driver issues where the extra performance is not fully utilized.


#20

[QUOTE=debro;2557226]Do you really need the 980X for gaming? Most games don’t benefit from anything more than a dual core …

A 950 running at 3.06Ghz is more than adequate … compared to the 980 running at 3.33Ghz … which likely won’t cause a 10% increase in processing performance, except in theoretical benchmarks.
[/quote]

[QUOTE=eric93se;2557620]Its a SIX CORE :smiley:

I agree though, and in the US right now you can get a 950 for $200 at microcenter.[/QUOTE]

[QUOTE=niklas24;2557638]Thanks all for the info on the 980x vs the 950 CPU. I will take it into consideration. I will also be using the PC to run ArcGIS which is a resource hog in itself, so I want to make sure I have something decent to run that on too.

Also, I don’t really understand how running 2 mediocre video cards enhances performance as opposed to 1 top of the line card. Can someone enlighten me if it can be explained easily?[/QUOTE]
I’m pretty sure you were asking for the GTX-480 above.

[QUOTE=debro;2557226]
… That price difference is … a pair of 24" LCD’s and a second GTX-480 for SLI ;)[/QUOTE]

http://wikis.esri.com/wiki/display/ag93bsr/ArcGIS+Desktop
Arcgis desktop requirements are VERY low -

http://resources.arcgis.com/content/kbase?fa=articleShow&d=31903

Ergo - Dual core will be more than suitable … quad core is pure luxury … and the Hex core just is pure bragging rights (aka stupidity) , and a huge waste of money when the alternate is a beast for gaming … and seriously … a 20" monitor? ROTFLMAO - I’m at work typing this on 2x 24" LCD monitors … I couldn’t work without them :wink:

If you’re actually after better performance in ArcGis, the money may be better spent upgrading the Arcgis server or upgrading network performance than installing a +$1000 CPU for bragging rights … or adding a pair of these(in raid 1) to the server (or to your PC) :wink: