Hey everyone, I'm currently working out a temporary build to hold me over until I can purchase dual 8 core xeon E5s later this year (or early next). Until then, I've chosen to deal with a modest desktop i5 + mobo + 16gb DDR3 1600mhz. Here are the total specs:
Additionally, the fifth monitor will be purchased from Amazon, a
I don't play games (other than StarCraft 2 occasionally), but I do a lot of programming, typically requiring 3-5 Visual Studio 2010 instances. Additionally, I do solid modeling using SolidWorks 2011, so that's why I'm considering the Quadro FX 3800. The Quadro NVS 420 has four DisplayPorts, which are how I'd connect the four NEC monitors.
In addition to the SolidWorks and Visual Studio needs, I tend to run about 100 processes presently, and I do a lot of machine learning and artificial intelligence programming. At some point, I know the trade-off between a high-end workstation and renting space on an EC3 cluster weighs in favor of the latter, but for everyday data processing (which involves a lot of FLOPS) and code compilation, I need something that's relatively future proof.
My biggest concern is to maximize the efficiency of this build; the i5/mobo/ram combination is temporary, but I need to be able to justify the expense vis-Ã*-vis the future expected expense of the dual Xeon E5s. Moreover, I need to be able to salvage everything else from this build--graphics cards, the dual Samsung 470 SSDs, etc.
Any suggestions or advice would be massively appreciated!
Edited by lwyr - 5/30/11 at 11:35pm