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I’ve been asked by a few friends to lay out the specification for a high-end future-proof PC on a reasonable budget. So let’s kick this article off by broadly specifying our goals. To sum it up: We want a PC that does everything, does it well, and doesn’t cost crazy amounts of money!
These goals can only be met by a very high-end rig:
1.) Play HD movies in Blu-ray format on a HDTV or HD LCD Monitor at ‘Full HD’ (1920×1080 resolution)
2.) Handle all the latest games at high resolutions (1680×1050, 1920×1200 and 2048×1152)
3.) Handle video editing, encoding, decoding tasks efficiently
4.) 2D Graphics/Art/texturing – Adobe Photoshop CS4 and related tools should run ‘fast’
5.) Support for 3D modelling using software such as Maya, 3D studio max, and real-time rendering in games development work
6.) Science Simulation/Engineering CAD: should run Solidworks, Matlab, AutoCAD, and other engineering software efficiently
7.) Stanford Research Institute – Folding@Home. Lots of people are getting into the craze, potentially helping fight disease by ‘lending’ computer-time on their systems. The designed system should have these capabilities
8.) Future-proofing/Upgradability- There is really no such thing as future-proofing when it comes to technology. The evolution of technology is not a straight-line deal. Instead, the industry loves to keep taking right-angle turns every year or two just so they can throw customers off trail. But let’s see what we can do. NVidia’s Geforce GT300 and ATi’s Radeon HD 5000 series of 40nm and 32nm graphics cards are coming out soon. We’d like the system to be able to handle these. The system should have options for dual or triple GPU support in the form of SLI or Crossfire. Use of newer, rather than an older platform is recommended.
9.) Overclocking and tweaking – the system should provide headroom for enthusiasts
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