And, as usual, I've gone for the top bleeding-edge components - as usual this computer should last three or four years with one or two piecemeal upgrades whenever something major comes out, but the core of it should stay stable.
Speaking of being stable, however, as usual, it isn't. I'm slowly narrowing it down - I think it's an issue with the graphics card or drivers - but it's tough to reliably reproduce it. In some 3d programs it randomly crashes, in others it doesn't. It seems to consistently crash in 3dmark, but it acts like a different kind of crash, and that one I'm willing to believe is a bug in 3dmark. What I really need is a heavy 3d test that I can leave looping for hours, but I can't find one.
Anyone know of one? Some modern game that can just loop a demo, or a 3d test suite that can be found that runs forever, or something?