I know everyone says an i7 is more than enough power, but I am looking at an upgrade to my primary computer, and I am unsure of what I should upgrade. Right now it handles the load pretty well, however it chokes up particularly when running multiple VMs. Primary uses of the PC are
-School (Coding,Word processing,Database,Virtualization)
-Gaming, both heavy and light
-Experimental Networking and Server setup (Mostly VM stuff)
Hardware specs are
-i7 920 CPU D0 OCed to 3.8 GHz
-6GB DDR3 1333 RAM OCed to 1500 MHz
-ATI Radeon 4890 1GB
-2x30 GB OCZ Vertex SSDs in RAID0
-1 TB WD Caviar Black 7200 RPM (for storage)
-Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
System scores 7.6 out of a possible 7.9 on the WEI
Usually, VMs are the most taxing thing, they usually eat up about 80-95% of my RAM and
about 50-80% of my CPU. I'm thinking 12 or 24 GB of RAM will fix this problem, but I am also aware that buying a 6 core i7 CPU will help as well. My graphics card will run pretty much all the games I throw at it on 1680x1050, so I don't think I need an upgrade there.
I'm pretty knowledgeable about Hardware in general, but I just want to get a second opinion before I break out the cash for the upgrade as it will be expensive (especially for the 6 core i7 CPU). I am thinking 12GB of DDR3 1600/2000 (3x4 GB) with the option to upgrade to 24 GB in the future, simply because the i7 970 is too darned expensive.
but post away, if many of you think the i7 CPU is the way to go, I will consider biting the bullet...