I'm working on a build to replace my very outdated hardware.
The goal is to get the pc put together by the end of the month, so I'm planning on purchasing parts over the next week or so.
I'm not necessarily looking for a gaming machine, more of a high performance machine I can use for running VMs and rather intensive applications (photoshop, autodesk). I don't really know too much about which parts to purchase at the higher end, though I should be all right putting it together once I get the pieces. I appreciate any input or suggestions you can give me.
Sandybridge i7-2600k 3.4Ghz Quad
RAM: Looking for 8 GB
$140*2 = $280
2 x (G.SKILL (2*2GB))
I'm not sure about the fan on the memory, whether its a good idea in general, or whether G.Skill is a good brand?
COOLER MASTER HAF 932
I thought this case looked nice, I liked the large fan on the side. I looked at the cases on the r/buildapc guide, and I thought they looked kind of boring, I'm not really sure why I would pick one of those over this one.
COOLER MASTER Silent Pro 1000w
OCZ Technology 120 GB Vertex 3
Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS 300GB 10000 RPM
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD10EALX 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB
Cooling: ? Not sure if I need additional fans or what?
I'm particularly interested in your thoughts on a good case, and related to that, I've had issues with cases / fans running too loud / heat in the past. If anyone has any suggestions on a better case or what I can do to dissipate heat better I'd appreciate it.
I'll be putting 2 8800GTs in it for now to run in sli, and after the next Nvidia refresh I'll be purchasing whatever high end card comes out then. Like I said, I'm willing to wait to play games, it's not the main purpose of the machine, and I really can't afford to shell out for a high end card along with the rest of the parts all at once.
I was going to use the SSD for OS + applications. The 1TB hard drive is all of my pictures, movies, and general content. I was going to use the 10,000 rpm drive to host VMs / another OS if I dual boot as it would limit the I/O bottleneck on my virtual machines.
I'm more of a software guy than a hardware guy, so I'm a bit outmatched here, though I do need the performance. Thanks for any recommendations!