Cores aren't everything, nor are they equal. I used to be pro AMD but their solution of "moar coars!!!" isn't a solution at all for the majority of workstation work.
I would recommend you avoid AMD at this point.
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I can second that. I ve had 3 AMD and the current one is self built I5-2500k 3.3ghz. Its about 2 years old and runs rock solid. 2 years of running about 16+ hours a day and not one BSOD. I am using G Skill 16GB with a 120GB SSD and a 750GB HD for storage. I see that you are going with MSI or ASUS. I personally had bad expereince with gigabyte and MSI. This time I went with ASUS and pretty happy so far. I upgrade every 3-4 years and so far this one is running really good. Using 2 27In and 2 24in screen with it. Let me know if I can be of any help.
The only problem I had with the build was the Windows 7 disc was faulty and it wouldnt load. Eventually I got another copy and used my code to load it and it worked.
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Thanks for starting the tread.
I've started to look around components for a new system as well, so this is very useful. Overall your choices seem good to me, the only thing I would definitely change is make it fully water-cooled, this includes all major components such as computer chip(s), memory and graphic card(s). It has become a lot more affordable to do this, and it can make a lot of differences to your pc, especially if it's OC'd. It will also help reduce the noise if that's of any concern. I personally think going for the best is always better, even if it cost a few more dollars. This however all depends on where you are on your trading journey.
The other thing that could be of a possibility is to buy motherboard, pc chip, memory etc in a bundle rather then separate.
Look forward to seeing what you end up building. Best of luck!
For lower priced computers, the savings is not that much, but I can build a computer that would be around $2k through one of those two, for roughly $1k. The money saved will be spent in the time invested in the amount of learning I have had to do and the time to shop/order, build and setup a new computer, but when I am done I will understand so much more about how it all works. And, I get to choose exactly what is important to me for future ease of upgrading.
Here's an example; someone had asked why have an overclockable Z87 motherboard with a locked processor. At the time, I did not know, and if there was money to be saved in the build, why not?. I am past the age of being interested in gaming. But I learned today that to have the expandability to have up to 3 video cards (future), I need to go to that series. At build time, it only costs roughly $30 more to go with that chipset.
Plus, I NEED something to do. We have no kids, my wife works a lot, I do not watch TV, and I am very project oriented. I may even get a side window to admire my build.
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The water-cooled does not seem a requirement if I do not overclock. I do not want to overclock as reliability is far more important to me than speed. Plus, it is just another component to possibly fail. If I really need additional cooling I will go for a huge side-mount fan.
The board I am looking at will handle up to 3 video cards. Initially, to push 3 monitors I would not need a video card if I went i7. But my initial build will push 4 displays, and the build will be able to handle more if needed. And the $70 savings between the Xeon 1230 V3 (thanks to @Fat Tails) and the i7, will pay for my video cards.