Originally Posted by Icarus_Apothica
I'm building a rig for my friend's father. He want me to spend approximately $1900 on it no more, no less. hes not much of a gamer, and wants something zippy and fast when running multiple applications. he wants the rig to be small but powerful. opting for core i7 processor, probably 2600k if the chipsets faults down time doesnt last that long, if not i'll go back to the first gen core i7's (i'm thinking core i7 950)
backing up data is really important, which is why i'm thinking to opt for 3 drives. 1 ssd 2 hard drives and putting the latter in RAID 1 respectively. this is what i've come up with, i would be very grateful if you could take a look at it.
CaseSilverstone Sugo SG 04 -f
RamCorsair vengeance 12GB
SSDOCZ Vertex 2 80GB
Hard drive Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB x2
Mother BoardAsus Rampage 3 Genie
Graphics card/sAsus EAH 6850
Power SupplyCorsair HX650W
Disc DrivePioneer Blu-ray Writer BDR-205bks Blu-Ray
MonitorDell Ultrasharp Full HD 23"
OSMicrosoft Windows 7 Home Permium
i think the gpu might be overkill and i dunno if i really need 12 gbs of ram. what do you guys think? how would you change/make a rig with those requirements?
cheers and thanks OCN members in advance
Contrary to what most people are saying, I believe you should stick a GPU in the machine, for the simple fact that more and more applications will be utilizing the GPU to offload certain tasks in the future, though I do believe the GPU you selected is overkill. I also doubt he'll use that much power of a CPU, I would go 1156 on him, but if you insist on 1366, then these are the changes I would make.
New GPU: HD5750 or a GTX260 [equivalent]
RAM: Do 6GB MAX! I doubt he used more RAM than I do, and I run many virtual machines at a time. So I would recommened Corsair Dominator 1600MHz
The rest is okay. Does he really need BluRay? What about the monitor? Always ask what he'll use, then go one step above.