Don, what are the specs of your new computer?
I am in the process of building a new PC for my computational needs; always interested in learning about what others acquire for theirs. My PC is over eight years old, with only two upgrades: video card and ram. It was on the bleeding edge of tech when I bought it, but now it really needs replacing. I started with the monitor, and I got the Planar 27" PXL2790MW. Stunning is understatement. Next are the PC itself, this time I am going to build it from components, rather than just buying one from off the shelf.
Dollar-for-performance is my guiding qualifications, with "future-proofing" as a top criteria. After many hours of research, I am pretty comfortable with my choices. It will be complete in about a month or so.
My computer experience started early on with building PC's, back when you had to consider things like IRQ's and such. Nowadays, the process is MUCH simpler. My last three computers have been store bought (DELL), but this time I am gonna try patching together parts and pieces to make a machine that will do my bidding.
This is what I am putting together:
MOBO: ASUS Sabertooth X79 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
PROCESSOR: Intel i7-4930K LGA 2011 64 Technology Extended Memory CPU Processors BX80633I74930K
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-1866C9Q-32GZH
Vid Card: PNY Quadro K2000 Graphic Card - 2 GB GDDR5 SDRAM - PCI Express 2.0 x1
BOOT Drive: Two (Raid 1) SanDisk Ultra Plus 256GB SATA 6.0GB/s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive (SSD) With Read Up To 530MB/s
Storage Drive: Two (Raid 1)WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64 MB Cache - WD10EZEX
Power Supply: Silencer 750 Quad (Black)
Monitor 1: Planar 27" PXL2790MW
Monitor 2: Samsung SyncMaster 930a (Old one from previous PC setup)
Since TurboCad can only address up to 32 Gb of RAM, that is all I am gonna go with for now, tho I can upgrade to 64Gb if I wish. The MOBO has a feature that will allow the use of a SSD for RAMDISK for running renders "on the side", using only a few of the processors of the CPU while I keep on working with the computer, with small, if any, impact to performance. The whole setup "should" keep me in hardware for the next few years, without getting too far behind the tech curve. Hopefully!