Building a PC

Started Apr 13, 2013 | Discussions thread
rhit Regular Member • Posts: 246
Re: A "better" PC

Sounds like you're basically attempting to "future proof" your machine at time of purchase.  Every two years, CPUs and GPUs theoretically double in number of transistors per die.  They also run cooler, allowing them to run faster before hitting thresholds.

That's all fine and good, but if you buy a Ferrari to commute to your market down the street, you're wasting a perfectly good machine.

Personally, I think you're looking at peoples' answers with the machine you intend to build already in mind.  And that's fine.  Who are we to tell you what to build?

But, in your pursuit of future proofing, do consider this before you drop your money on hardware.  I built my machine three years ago.  It has an i7-950 (OC'd to 4Ghz), 12Gb RAM (OC'd), a GTX 680 SC (OC'd as well), an Intel 510 SSD (main drive), and two WD Caviar Black disk drives for data and backup.  Everything that can be overclocked is.

I'm not a huge gamer, but when I do run games, the machine runs everything on "ultra" at 60 FPS.  And PS CS5, LR4, Pinnacle Studio 15 all run without a hitch.  I don't like to wait on a computer ever, and, three years after the build, I still never have to wait for this one to get the job done.

Whatever you buy, keep in mind that it will be obsolete in 6 months.  Also keep in mind that the pace of software development optimized for multi-cores and super GPUs is far behind the pace of CPU and GPU development.

I think Chris Noble makes a good point in PSUs.  A good PSU is super important.  I'd also add that a good case makes a huge difference in effective cable management and airflow.  I have the Corsair Graphite 600T.  It keeps things cool, has two giant 200mm fans to suck air in and blow it out, built-in grommets for cable management, clasped side doors (no screws for access), modular hard drive racks, mesh screens to keep dust out, and it doesn't have any stupid lights to make it looks like something out of "Fast and Furious."  Three years on, temps in my machine have remained the same as Day 1, there's never any dust in the machine, and all cables are tucked away behind the panel that holds the motherboard.

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Nikon D7100 Nikon D750 Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm F1.8G Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II +8 more
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