Originally Posted by TheInformationator
I'm a real n00b when it comes to Intel, and I'm not sure I even want to overclock this rig, because once I build it and send it off, I can't help him anymore, but he's an adult, he's a proficient programmer, and he's written a program for mass data processing and analyzation. What he's doing sounds a lot like folding.
He's given me a lot of stats, but it seems like perhaps he simply looked things up on the internet, found the most expensive thing he could find, and sent me the stats.
He is telling me how he wants 2MB of L2 cache and an L3 cache if possible... well... that's if Intel is preferable for him... Does what I described above sound optimal for Intel? He also says he wants dual core if possible... Well should I just ask him if his program is multi-threaded to see if that is optimal?
He's saying he wants a 15k SCSI drive so data transfer isn't limited. Is that the best option? I don't want to risk problems with something like a HyperDrive or I-RAM...
He says he's willing to spend 300 bucks on a graphics card... but from what he's describing, it doesn't seem like he really needs a very good graphics card at all.
He's willing to spend 300 bucks on a sound system, or something better if I convince him of it. I'm thinking of recommending my Z-5500s.
I don't know if he wants this rig to do Gaming and Home Theator too or what, but I don't want to waste his money just because he has it.
1) Is Intel best for what I described in the first paragraph?
2) Is a 15k SCSI drive his best option for data transfer speed?
3) What's a gret SCSI controller card if so?
4) Do you think 2-4GB of RAM will benefit him? I don't know if he'd benefit more from speedy RAM or lots of it. Since he's doing large calculations more RAM would be better right?....
5) If he's not doing gaming then there's really no reason to splurge on a graphics card is there?
6) Have a favorite surround system? Recommend away.
I'm kind of excited about this
. This rig is going to pwn.
1) Well if it sounds like folding, you can't match an intel. I would recommend the new presler core. I would keep it simple though, 920, not the top of the line, but we will spend our money somewhere else.
2) Yes, the Ultra 320Mbytes/sec SCSI is the top of the line interface. Though, i dont think this is your best solution in this case, because, you would have to wait for the drives to spin up when opening simple programs, there loud and repair prone
.. Instead, i would aim for the 10k WD raptors.
3) If your going SCSI, for a controller card, Adaptec makes the best out there, here
or take advantage of a PCI-x slot and get this
4) Yes, with the programs it seems like he is running, get More ram! I would recommend 4x sticks of these
5) Na, just pick up a 6600GT or somethin
6) I like Logitech, my brother has a set of these
they sound crisp and have supurb bass.
Yea, you could spend more, wait, uh motherboard?
Make his comp look insane with this
Gigabyte board or keep it simple with o' reliable Asus here
Edit: i'm not shure if HD space is a problem, but i almost forgot that Western Digital came out with their new 150GB HD, here