So my desktop system is now over 7 years old and I figure it might be time to invest in something that can do better on the more heavy-duty games in MAME.
Current system is a Dell Precision T3500, running a quad-core 8-threaded Xeon W3530 @ 2.8GHz. I've had good luck with Dells over the years.
Here's what I'm looking for:
* High-end CPU that's great for running MAME but also lots of cores for other tasks (building, Photoshop, video encoding, etc)
* Rock-solid stable motherboard
* Well-designed case with room for an optical drive and several HDDs, quiet fans
* Ideally available in a stock system or something that is trivially easy to slap together
Things I'm not concerned about:
* Overclocking to the edge (happy to run at stock speed or slightly overclocked on air)
* Graphics card (currently have a 2GB GeForce GTX 750 Ti, which seems to be totally adequate for what I need)
* Audio interface (happy with my current USB interface)
* Disks (know where to get them)
* RAM (know where to get it)
* OS (easy enough)
Honestly I hate playing with hardware and tweaking, so I'll avoid anything that is too complicated or risks stability. I just want to get a fast system that works.
Thanks in advance for any ideas!