Did I say boobs? I meant build. Rate my BUILD
. Damn this staying up late/early really ****s with my mind.
Provided my funding comes through in the next week or so, this is the build I'm planning on to replace my aging AMD64 3000+ box that is currently hobbling along headless since I toasted my 9800 Pro
ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35
Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 2.33GHz (Updated)
EVGA GeForce 8600GTS 256MB
OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800
OCZ GameXStream OCZ600GXSSLI ATX12V 600W
LG L245WP-BN Black 24" 8ms Widescreen LCD Monitor
I already have the HD's that are going to be going into this system. I'm looking for comments and critiques on the hardware selection. I don't play games so gaming performance isn't of a concern to me. The only game I do play is CS1.6 (and I don't even play it that often), so I'm not too worried about this hardware being able to push high-end DX10 games. The questions I have are:
Is that video card going to be able to handle that 1920x1200 monitor plus my current 1280x1024 19" Viewsonic? (I'm planning on buying a second L245WP after Christmas and ditching the 19" Viewsonic I have, but until then will I be ok?) Remember, I'm not really worried about gaming performance. I'm partial to nVidia cards because as of right now their Linux driver support is far better then ATI's, so an ATI card isn't an option right now. When I purchase the next monitor after Christmas I'm thinking I'm going to buy another 8600GTS to drive that new monitor, is that overkill? Would I be Ok with just the single 8600GTS? Would I be better off stepping up to an 8800GTS right off of the bat and not worrying about buying another card down the line?
My hopes for this system are for it to be my stepping point into Intel's Penryn arch. when it finally becomes available, hence the E4400 and not something more expensive. I figure that should tide me over until Penryn is available.
Some more background information on me and what I plan to do with this system:
- Coding (I'm a CS student, I don't have a choice)
- Web Development / Graphic Design
- Watch TV / Movies / Listen to music
- Web Browsing
- I'm partial to OCZ products because I've had great luck with them in the past and have had great customer service with them so I'd like to keep some money going there. If you think there's a more appropriate PSU / RAM for my needs from OCZ, please let me know.
- I'm planning on overclocking this system for ****s and giggles, however I don't think I'll leave it overclocked 24/7, stability is very important to me and random restarts aren't good when I haven't saved my homework in 4 hours.
That's probably more then enough information to go on, but I've been awake for too long and I'm probably rambling by now, so I'll just let you guys tear this thing apart.
Edit: The current HD's going into this system are a pair of 74GB WD Raptors. I'm planning on turning my old box into a NAS device to backup files and store media so no other internal disks will be present in this system. I also have a random assortment of CD-ROM/DVD-ROM/RW drives that I will be using.
Edit2: I run Linux and have a legit copy of XP, so I'm not worried about getting an OS, either.