My ~5 year old workstation (i7-950 + Asus P6T Deluxe V1) is starting to exhibit some RAM detection problems, and it seems like a new system build is in order, given the age of my current system. I am planning on recycling many components from the old system that test out as good.
I should point out that I am not a much of a gamer, nor do I do any video editing, distributed computing (BOINC, Folding, SETI, etc.) or coin-mining. I do run multiple virtual machines, work with large data sets (think of databases like SQL and technical software like MATLAB, etc.) and your standard office productivity apps, and test/debug/benchmark software. Stability is paramount, so there will be no overclocking of components. Having a somewhat quiet workstation is nice, too.
Here are the specs for the new build:
Antec - Easy SATA hot swap bay
Corsair - RM750 750 watt ATX power supply
Western Digital - 4TB Desktop Performance HDD (WDBSLA0040HNC)
Components which are listed in gray text are those which I already have.
On the RAM side, I actually have 24GB (6×4GB) of the Corsair XMS3 DIMMs, so I would be purchasing 2×4GB more, in order to bring the system up to 32GB (8×4) to take advantage of the quad-channel design of the motherboard.
On the PCIe card side, I'm not certain if I'll need the U3S6 card or the X-Fi card in the new system, however, they'll be sitting unused if I don't, so I believe I might as well install them in the new build.
On the storage side, I have both the Samsung 840 Pro and Intel 530 SSDs, the 16GB difference in space between them is a complete non-issue for me. I am wondering if anyone has any thoughts about which might be better in this build, given the usage scenario I've outlined above?
As always, your feedback is most welcome and appreciated.