First, let me list my current Gaming PC which was built in '08:
Q9550 @ 3.6Ghz
ASUS P5Q Deluxe
Patriot Viper 4GB
ATI 4870 1GB
I am thinking about making this a Server simply because I'm getting into IT consulting and I need something to work/practice on etc. Then I would build a new Gaming PC/Workstation.
Would this be a good idea? Would this perform decent as a server? I'd like to set it up as any type of server that I can, including a gaming server (which I would think to be most taxing on the hardware) and I'm guessing this would work just fine. Or should I buy a separate server?
I would be taking out the 4870 1GB and putting in a 8800GT (spare card). I'll keep the 4870 1GB for the other build for now.
I will also take out the Corsair 750-TX and maybe grab a decent 500w PSU.
If I go for a new Gaming build, here's my thoughts. My budget is around $1000
without graphics card:
Newegg.com - Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950
ASUS Sabertooth x58 (Any thoughts on this? I really like Asus but don't know how this performs. I was also looking at an EVGA board):
Newegg.com - ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
4870 1GB (My current Graphics card)
OCZ Platinum 6GB DDR3 1600:
Newegg.com - OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600C9ELV6GK
OCZ Vertex 2 60GB (Any thoughts on this?):
Newegg.com - OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Seagate Barracuda 1TB:
Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Corsair 750-TX (My current PSU)
NZXT Phantom (Anyone have this? I've researched a bit and it seems like it can hold up well):
Newegg.com - NZXT Phantom PHAN-001WT White Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
CPU Cooler (I haven't looked at any and I would like some suggestions)
Notes on the RAM. I am not very knowledgeable in RAM as far as speeds and timing. If someone can direct me to a somewhat updated link with some info, that would be fantastic.
What I do know is, the better quality RAM, the better it can overclock. I want to overclock
so I'm willing to spend on good RAM. I've heard OCZ makes good RAM but I am unsure as to what type I would want, and what actually performs well (Newegg reviews don't help). With my current PC, I messed up on the RAM and got slower RAM and I was unable to overclock it correctly. I don't wanna make the same mistake.
I know this was a long post but hopefully someone can reply by the end of the day, as I would like to buy this asap (today) because of the sales.
Thanks in advance!