Upload & Sell: Off
Yep, my i7-970 @ 4.2ghz is more than a match for pretty much any stock machine on the planet with respect to what we do. LR, standard photoshop stuff, the odd game, web browsing, and even (imagine this!) heavy photo editing are all a breeze.
I've had it running this way 24/7, 365 days a year, 2 years and counting, and all without ECC and no blue screens! I know, amazing!
My e6300 rig @ 3.7ghz (1.86ghz stock mind you) lasted me a good five years, and is now purring along quietly at my mother in laws at a measly 3.4ghz. I expect my current machine to easily live a longer useful life.
System longevity has always been two to three times that of a desktop grade system with a similarly speced CPU.... The current X7560 that I'm kinda toying with the idea of building a system around for example, has a 24MB L3 cache...
Bif, I'm not big on multi quote, picking apart posts bit by bit, so I'll just comment on this snippet.
You have to be joking, talking about building a (presumably dualie) X7560 rig. Not sure what that has to do with anything on this planet (this planet being FM, inhabited by photographers, who edit photos, and admittedly, perhaps, the odd home movie).
You are talking about a $3,920.99 CPU....ON SALE!!! Better act quickly, otherwise you might miss out, and have to pay its full retail price of 4019.99! But you'll need 2 of them (at least!), so that's over $8k on CPUs alone, and you haven't even looked at a $1000+ MB or $500+ PSU yet, not to mention the ECC memory you think so highly of.
Also, take note, that despite its 24mb of cache, its clockspeed is only 2.266GHz, and it will turbo allllllllll the way up to (try and contain yourself here) 2.666GHz!!!
Sorry, but my 6 core, 2 year old i7-970 with 12mb of cache running at 4.2ghz (conservative clock...will do 4.6ghz) will run circles around that cpu for all but the most specialized of tasks (and please do take note, that at stock speeds, both the x7560 and my i7-970 both have a max TDP of 130w....so there goes your plans on running without a fan).
Just as my e6300 at 3.7ghz, with its 2mb of cache would routinely smash all of its bigger brother C2D's, including the e6700 with its then massive 4mb cache. Only when clocking the e6700 to 3.4-3.5ghz would it begin to catch me.
I hope you don't take offense at my rebuttal, but you sir, are offering advice that smacks of uninformed elitism that has no real bearing to the OPs original query or the realities of modern computing.