Okay, here's the deal. I was involved in a serious car accident last November. I got creamed, to be precise, by a nineteen-year-old kid who was texting and driving. Put me in the hospital for a while with a few broken bones, etc. The positive side to all this is that I recently received a settlement from the other driver's insurance company - and hubby says I'm allowed to buy some new toys!!
Time to build a new rig...
So, I'm open to some suggestions from folks. I'd like to keep the pricing somewhat reasonable, though I have some leeway here. I'm going to tell you what I'd like, show you what I have at this point, and then ask for suggestions from the gurus here. I'll have a couple of questions on the way, which I'll make sure stand out.
I want power. Lots of it... To that end, this is what I have at the moment, from NewEgg:
Case: Cooler Master Storm Trooper Full Tower - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119297
Motherboard: Asus ROG Crosshair V Formula-Z - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131876
CPU: AMD FX-9590 Vishera 8-Core 4.7 GHz - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113347
GPU (x 2 Crossfired): MSI Radeon R9 380 2GB 256-Bit - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127876 (I have a question about multiple displays)
PSU: Corsair HXi HX1000i 1000 watt - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139082
CPU Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099 (I have a question about cooling)
RAM: Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8 GB) (32 GB Total RAM) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233536 (I have a question about RAM)
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO 2.5" 500 GB Internal SSD (x 2) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147373
There are a few other smaller peripherals - a card reader, USB 3.0 expansion card, etc., that don't really need listing here.
I'm good with displays - I recently upgraded to a 27" main display and two 24" additional displays. Same with keyboard and mouse - I have Razer input devices.
Now, my questions...
Regarding multiple displays: My current GPU has the following outputs: (2) mini-DP, DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI. Setting up three displays has been something of an exercise in finding adapters - when I upgraded my displays, I assumed (stupid) that not much would have changed in terms of inputs. I was surprised to find that my only option on all three displays is either HDMI or D-Sub. Since I've never tried this, I have no idea: When I install and crossfire to GPUs, do I then have access to all outputs on each GPU? If so, I'm good, if not, I need to know so I can get the proper adapter for a third display.
Regarding RAM: What I have listed is 32GB of RAM. My question is, would it be overkill to expand that to 64GB? Or would it even be possible with this Mobo?
Regarding cooling systems: Would it be worthwhile to invest in a decent liquid cooling system? Are there any real advantages to liquid cooling?
And one more question regarding multiple boot options: I presently run Windows 7 Ultimate along with Linux Mint Cinnamon. Is it possible for each OS to be installed on a separate drive, and still be given the choice of which OS to boot to at startup time? Or do they have to be on the same drive with two partitions?
So that's where I am at the moment. I'm open to suggestions on components that people may feel are better choices than what I have listed here, as well as any suggestions for items I may have neglected. I have insane amounts of HDD storage space, so I'm not worried about that - I want the SSDs for a system drive and for application installations.
Looking forward to seeing what others may have to suggest...
Editing to add: Regarding Windows 10... I've been hearing good things about it, and I've played with it very briefly just once. Opinions? Is it worth the $200.00 investment? Or should Windows 7 still be sufficient? (Yes, I know - free upgrade. But I'd prefer to have a separate license. This machine will continue to run the original Win 7 OS.)
Edited by MelissaPleases, 22 September 2015 - 08:13 AM.