i have been looking into building another PC for fun and for gaming. is there any news on octo-cores or solid state drives? nothing i have seen online has impressed me except for the Antec twelvehundred gaming case. Im all Intel and Nvidia btw:) also, has anyone used the Resorator XT water cooler yet?
What applications are you planning to run that are so processor intensive that a quad core can't run it?
Octo cores are not going to be required for a very long time. SSD's are an immature technology at the moment, give it a couple of years and they will be faster and cheaper than they are at the moment.
Octocore system = expensive SSD = expensive Antec 1200 = Bigger Antec 900 (which is a sweet case)
Are you just going to be gaming on this system?
Freyr;4607920What applications are you planning to run that are so processor intensive that a quad core can't run it? Octo cores are not going to be required for a very long time. SSD's are an immature technology at the moment, give it a couple of years and they will be faster and cheaper than they are at the moment.[/quote] all of that was very usefull info. thanks man. [quote=Homer Gonerson;4607946]Octocore system = expensive SSD = expensive Antec 1200 = Bigger Antec 900 (which is a sweet case) Are you just going to be gaming on this system?
im currently running a ninehundred(look at signiture) and its nice but there is no room for any SLI setups or any nice watercooling systems. i also have been looking at the CM stacker.
I plan to go with a Nehalem quad when they're available, which is effectively an affordable way of getting octo-core capability in a quad as they plan to bring Hyper Threading back. Nehalems quads using HT technology will be able to process 8 threads at a time.
Like Freyr said it's not needed now, but if you keep your systems for 3-5 years like some do it's not a bad idea to have such a thing, esp when early pricing reports have shown them as low as $285.
My friend bought 2 quads and a server mobo when they had just come out. He got both CPUs and the board for around $800 at the time, but what really bit him was the RAM. Since it was a server-grade mobo, he had to buy specific, expensive-ass ram. Now you can get them with standard DDR2 (I'm assuming, never looked into it)
What I imagine really bites him is the power bill and the fact most applications are still only written for single core processors.
He actually broke it when he stepped on the mobo a few months ago. Now the only board he wants (ultra-mega-amazing features and such he doesn't want to live without) that supports this ram and 2 quad cores costs upwards of $400
No offence, but your friend really isn't all that smart if he actually managed to step on his motherboard (but we already knew this from the 2 Quad-core CPUs he bought. :p)
If you're looking into SSDs, I'd get a 64GB. You'll have extra space on it, but it's better than having a 95% full 32GB (Well I don't know, does cramming an SSD slow it down like mechanical drives?)
Wait thougth as regards graphics cards. nVidia will be releasing a 45nm card in Q1 of '09. That'll be one hell of a card.
Liquid cooling. You're better off selecting components and building it yourself, it's cheaper and you get better performance. Swiftech are usually very good.
If you really want an i7 processor, then go DDR3 too. If not, pick up a good Penryn and DDR2; it'll still do you damn fine for a couple of years.
I'd take a 300GB WD Velociraptor over an SSD any day. I just can't cope with the small size of the affordable ones and the larger ones are far too expensive.