Proposed New Computer: Q4 2009 Edition
New computer building time. So, this is what I will likely order within the next week or so. I could probably save cash by just cannibalizing one of the media harddrive and PSU (it’s nice and fairly new) out of my current system, but I want it to remain functional for future use. Actually, there’s one thing that I will likely cannibalize out of my old machine: the sound card. Onboard sound is pretty good nowadays, but I like my X-Fi. Well okay, I like the knobs and shit on the front panel…
|CPU||Intel Core i7-860||$289.99|
|Motherboard||GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD4P LGA 1156||$169.99|
|Memory||G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1333||$89.99|
|Graphics||DIAMOND 5870PE51G Radeon HD 5870||$399.99|
|Storage||Primary: WD VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS 300GB 10000 RPM||$229.99|
|Data: WD Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM||$109.99|
|Optical: SAMSUNG SH-S223B||$30.99|
|PSU||CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W||$99.99|
|Cooling||CPU: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212||$29.98|
|Fans: Scythe SY1225SL12L 120mm x3||$26.97 ($8.99×3)|
I know that the i5-750 is the current supposed sweet spot in terms of performance vs price. But, for not really that much more, the i7-860 offers a good boost in performance with hyperthreading, a faster turbo boost, etc.
Still a bit torn on whether or not I really want to go SSD for my primary HDD. The speed would be nice for the OS and WoW, but I still don’t think that it justifies the extra cost. so instead, I’ll probably just go with a 300GB Western Digital VeliciRaptor for the primary drive and a 1TB Cavalier for my data.