Originally Posted by Heinmcleod
My personal opinion:
Get a cheaper case.
Skip the 1366 socket and get a 1155 socket motherboars and 2600k. The power of this cpu is amazing and you will be more than happy wirh it.
You save some cash on the case and cpu so now you can a beter gpu. Get something like a GTX 590 or HD 6990 to support the multi screen setup.
Single 360 rad with some good fans will cool the system very nicely.
Any of the cases I like are within the same price range. I've done a lot of searching, but it seems like once you get a case and finish any mods like adding a window (most of the cases I like that are cheaper, dont have a window, but I want one). I could definitely save about $200.00 if I wasnt hung up on a certain look and when its all said and done, I may have to compromise in that area.
As far as the CPU, lets say I dropped from a six to a quad core, two questions: 1) will there be noticeable difference between 8mb and 12mb cache? 2) Any reason you like the 1155 vs 1366? It seems like the non extreme 1366 models are around the same price as comparative 1155, or am I overlooking some specs I should be paying attention too.
The reason I ask about the chipsets is that one of the reasons I went with the 1366 was that the mobo's are built to accommodate more models of RAM at more speeds that are either very new to the market. All other things being equal, thats one of the pluses of 1366 mobo. I'll have to look closer, but I didnt notice a huge difference in motherboard prices between the two chipsets.
Originally Posted by Redwoodz
Ok,first I would like to say very nice post.Not often we get to help someone who has done their homework like you have done.
As for your build-my first question is this
What modeling programs do you use?This is very important.An AMD/ATi GPU may well be your best option,or not.Same goes for the CPU.
Thanks for the kind words. As far as programs I use a bunch. Oracle Primavera suite for sensitivity analysis, Excel Solver (which seems very inefficient), neuro dimensions, palisades, Discipulus, and a few other no name programs used by various agencies or academics.
There are two camps of software, those I run and those I want to run, but cant due to hardware limitations. Most of the stuff I cant run is purely for research and academic through my graduate program. I am concentrating on genetic algorithms of networks in sensitivity analysis. Learning based algorithms require a ton of iterations to be accurate, from the 50 - 99% confidence range, they really arent that horrible at say 10,000 iterations. At 99%+ at say 6 or 10 sigma levels though its millions of iterations in total (X number of iterations per Y number of nodes) that I cant run them now in most programs.
As far as the GA programs, many are use once and throw away because they dont do what I need. So far, I havent been able to evaluate to many, but the bulk were created initially for the biomedical or molecular field and adapt well for our needs.
So, nothing like advanced autocad designs, but for complex simulations, without 3D its really hard to allow someone unfamiliar with the model visualize the results without confusion. Thats really where the only graphic issues I have are, as far as research or academic programs. The models look pretty similar to calculus models in 3D, although I am nowhere near a mathematician by any means. I suck at math to be honest lol.
Since I do a lot of research and have free access to a lot of software, I plan on continuing to use the latest and greatest that I can both get my hands on and use.
Outside of productivity software, my system has a lot of trouble transcoding 1080p video as a video server or smoothly playing a large 1080p file. At above 20GB, I cant do anything other than play a file and it cannot transcode without skipping. At 720p, its fine. As far as music, I built a few virtual spectrum anaylizers for a few programs and they do tend to lag if Im doing any multiscreen activity. Again, Im using an onboard stock graphics card for a mid range HP right now.
Does that help?Edited by jc1234 - 8/22/11 at 5:52pm