So, Kichae has a job that pays the bills, and Kichae has a tax rebate that’s burning a hole in his pocket. So what is Kichae doing?
Read the topic title.
So far I’ve managed to snag acceptable deals on a mobo (Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H), 128 GB SSD (A-Data XPG SX900), case (Corsair Graphite Series 230T Grey), and CPU heatsink (Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO). I’m holding off on a GPU for a little while, so that leaves me with CPU, RAM, and PSU left to decide upon, and I’m taking recommendations.
I think I’ve mostly settled on an i5-4670K for the CPU, but I’m open to being persuaded differently.
I’m still hmming and hrmming over the PSU, but I was taking a close look at the Antec Earthwatts EA-650 Platinum. It’s a little bit more than I wanted to spend (ok, it’s actually a lot more than I wanted to spend, but the reality of PSU prices and my preferring PSU prices seem differ by an order of magnitude), but the platinum 80+ platinum efficiency rating has my attention piqued, and 650W leaves me lots of room to expand.
As for RAM… Well, I’m just generally shocked by current DDR3 prices, and there seems to be much disagreement over whether we’re going to see a drop anytime soon. If anyone knows anything on that front that I don’t, I’m all ears.
So, most y’all are far more computer literate than I, so I’m most interested in advice and suggestions. Keep in mind that, while this will, ultimately, be used for gaming, it’s current primary function is to run scientific code, and operate as a mid-to-high powered workstation for my consulting contracts. All of my work involves numerical simulations, data crunching, monte carlo sims, statistical BS, and what have you. So, while pushing polygons around is a nice perk, I’m more concerned with getting through permutation tests that scale as N! at the moment.