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May 23, 2013 7:06:55 PM

Hi, I'm trying to build a $2500 PC. I Hope you guys can help.

Approximate Purchase Date: within 4 weeks

Budget: $2500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Work, Internet, and listening to music

Parts Required: keyboard, mouse, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: http://www.newegg.com

Country: USA

Overclocking: YES

Monitor Resolution: 1920*1080
May 23, 2013 7:14:50 PM

$2500 is a huge budget for a custom PC, so a few questions:

do you need a monitor too? it sounds like you already have one but just checking.

you said yes to Overclocking, and list Work as "most important". I assume this is going to be some CPU intensive work?
If you can, please list the types of software you typically use, and let us know if the software can take advantage of more than 2 cores

also, how much memory do you typically use up during your work? are you always maxing out the 4-16GB of memory in a typical computer?

do you game at all? this will determine what kind of graphics card you should pick up
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May 23, 2013 7:32:20 PM

As an addendum to what vmem asked, have you considered waiting for Haswell? June 3rd would be within your purchase window, and you could gain some performance and future upgrade potential.
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May 23, 2013 8:44:42 PM

vmem said:
$2500 is a huge budget for a custom PC, so a few questions:

do you need a monitor too? it sounds like you already have one but just checking.

you said yes to Overclocking, and list Work as "most important". I assume this is going to be some CPU intensive work?
If you can, please list the types of software you typically use, and let us know if the software can take advantage of more than 2 cores

also, how much memory do you typically use up during your work? are you always maxing out the 4-16GB of memory in a typical computer?

do you game at all? this will determine what kind of graphics card you should pick up


To be honest this build is for my father. He is the vice president of a company called Title365. He has been having issues with his laptop and wants a custom built PC for his work at home purposes. He asked me to build it for him with a budget of $2500. I asked him about what specs he wanted and he answered, "Super Fast."

He typically uses one software, Microsoft Office. The other two software will be added through his IT personnel. All softwares can handle 2 cores. His laptop has an Intel iCore 7 built into it with a 480 GB ssd and 16 GB of RAM. But still is not satisfied. Can you recommend a build for his convenience?

Personally I am a gamer and use my computer for school. For the graphics card, that wouldn't be a problem since he's business orientated. If you can help with incorporating a recommended graphics card for this type of build please do so. Thank you for your prompt reply.
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May 23, 2013 8:51:05 PM

roncastillo said:
vmem said:
$2500 is a huge budget for a custom PC, so a few questions:

do you need a monitor too? it sounds like you already have one but just checking.

you said yes to Overclocking, and list Work as "most important". I assume this is going to be some CPU intensive work?
If you can, please list the types of software you typically use, and let us know if the software can take advantage of more than 2 cores

also, how much memory do you typically use up during your work? are you always maxing out the 4-16GB of memory in a typical computer?

do you game at all? this will determine what kind of graphics card you should pick up


To be honest this build is for my father. He is the vice president of a company called Title365. He has been having issues with his laptop and wants a custom built PC for his work at home purposes. He asked me to build it for him with a budget of $2500. I asked him about what specs he wanted and he answered, "Super Fast."

He typically uses one software, Microsoft Office. The other two software will be added through his IT personnel. All softwares can handle 2 cores. His laptop has an Intel iCore 7 built into it with a 480 GB ssd and 16 GB of RAM. But still is not satisfied. Can you recommend a build for his convenience?

Personally I am a gamer and use my computer for school. For the graphics card, that wouldn't be a problem since he's business orientated. If you can help with incorporating a recommended graphics card for this type of build please do so. Thank you for your prompt reply.


Faster than an SSD? Is he having trouble with loading times, or with the actual processes he's trying to run? If the former, a good SSD (the Samsung Pro 840 512 GB, for example) should solve things. If the later, he may require a more powerful CPU, though I can't imagine him needing it for Microsoft office.

Professional-grade GPUs are extremely costly, and unless he would be using the computer for an application which requires such a card, he'd be wasting money. What are the other two programmes that his IT people will put on the machine?
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May 23, 2013 9:03:10 PM

well he need i7 xeon desktop :) 
use 2x 24" LED IPS screen like Obama and Al Gore office PC
for better multitasking and reading a lot of document

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($234.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-P45 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 512GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($434.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 1GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N250PCe 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.94 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Dell U2412M 60Hz 24.0" Monitor ($269.50 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Dell U2412M 60Hz 24.0" Monitor ($269.50 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Rosewill RK-9000 Wired Standard Keyboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Logitech Anywhere Wireless Laser Mouse ($59.99 @ Dell)
Total: $1941.79
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-24 00:02 EDT-0400)
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May 23, 2013 9:09:41 PM

Jack Revenant said:
roncastillo said:
vmem said:
$2500 is a huge budget for a custom PC, so a few questions:

do you need a monitor too? it sounds like you already have one but just checking.

you said yes to Overclocking, and list Work as "most important". I assume this is going to be some CPU intensive work?
If you can, please list the types of software you typically use, and let us know if the software can take advantage of more than 2 cores

also, how much memory do you typically use up during your work? are you always maxing out the 4-16GB of memory in a typical computer?

do you game at all? this will determine what kind of graphics card you should pick up


To be honest this build is for my father. He is the vice president of a company called Title365. He has been having issues with his laptop and wants a custom built PC for his work at home purposes. He asked me to build it for him with a budget of $2500. I asked him about what specs he wanted and he answered, "Super Fast."

He typically uses one software, Microsoft Office. The other two software will be added through his IT personnel. All softwares can handle 2 cores. His laptop has an Intel iCore 7 built into it with a 480 GB ssd and 16 GB of RAM. But still is not satisfied. Can you recommend a build for his convenience?

Personally I am a gamer and use my computer for school. For the graphics card, that wouldn't be a problem since he's business orientated. If you can help with incorporating a recommended graphics card for this type of build please do so. Thank you for your prompt reply.


Faster than an SSD? Is he having trouble with loading times, or with the actual processes he's trying to run? If the former, a good SSD (the Samsung Pro 840 512 GB, for example) should solve things. If the later, he may require a more powerful CPU, though I can't imagine him needing it for Microsoft office.

Professional-grade GPUs are extremely costly, and unless he would be using the computer for an application which requires such a card, he'd be wasting money. What are the other two programmes that his IT people will put on the machine?


That's what I said to him. THe other two program software that will be put on the machine will be Data Trace and Title point. I asked him why do you want a Super Fast Computer? His response was "So that every time I click on an icon it would not take a milli-second to load." I shook my head and said "roger that..." So do you have any recommendations?
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May 23, 2013 9:41:05 PM

roncastillo said:

That's what I said to him. THe other two program software that will be put on the machine will be Data Trace and Title point. I asked him why do you want a Super Fast Computer? His response was "So that every time I click on an icon it would not take a milli-second to load." I shook my head and said "roger that..." So do you have any recommendations?


unless his laptop is plagued with viruses, it is more or less impossible to build something that would be noticeably faster than his laptop. we can get something that'll be faster on benchmarks sure, but you're ultimately going to be limited by the OS itself. to be honest, Windows 8 is actually a bit snappier than windows 7, but of course it has it's own problems :p 

other than that, consider a pair of SSDs in raid0 for the absolute highest boot times etc. if you want some sort of data protection, get three samsun 840 pro 256GB and put them in RAID 5.

get an intel i7 3770K, and over clock it to as high as it'll go. you honestly don't need x79 or xeon level of power as the kind of "speed" your dad is referring to is more or less single-core power. heck if you disabled 2 cores on the i7 and OCed it to 5.5Ghz, he might actually feel the computer is "faster"...


last but not least, it will ALWAYS take at least a millisecond to load something...
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May 23, 2013 9:44:40 PM

the build i posted above should be like this, AL Gore's PC


but use only 2 monitors, u can always extend it to 3 monitor.
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