I'm in the market for a new computer to run heavy-duty eulerian and langrian model simulations with more than 15.000 individual calculation cells and 20.000 timesteps.
My budget is roughly 2000AUS$ or 1700US$
Graphics and gaming perfomance is secondary for me, what I need is raw and fast calculation power. Unfortunately I have a very limited knowledge in building computers so I would be very grateful if you guys could help me out with a powerful build within the range of my budget.
So far this is the build I've come up with:
- CPU: INTEL Core i7 920
- Motherboard: MSI X58 PRO-E, DDR3 MB with 6 x DIMM, Max 24G of Memory and DrMOS Technology
- RAM: 6(3x2)GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600MHz ram Low-Latency, run in Triple Channel Configuration with Heatspreader and lifetime warranty
- Hard Disk: Seagate 1TB SATA II 32M cache
- DVD burner: Pioneer DVR217BK 20X Dual-Layer SATA Burner (or LG 22X SATA Burner)
- Video Card: MSI (or Palit, Galaxy, Zotac) Nvidia GTS250 1G DDR3 Video Card
- Network: Gigabit Ethernet on Board (Broadband Ready)
- Sound: Home Theater Quality 8 Channel High Definition Audio on Board
- Case: Antec Three Hundred Gaming Case
- Power Supply: Codegen (or Titan) 600W Dual 12V Power Supply
- Warranty: 1 Year RTB Warranty include parts, labor and test service /
PRICE: 1616,00 AUS$ / 1341,00 US$
Now this is a bit under the budget, and I'm in doubt if I should use the remaining funds to upgrade to a core i7 950, or increase the memory, or perhaps buy an effective cooling system so I can overclock my machine while I run my model simulations?
All input is welcome: both to the current build and the upgrade ideas! I hope to hear a lot of feedback from all of you.