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New home workstation build - interested in suggestions and critique

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March 10, 2014 2:10:37 PM

I'm a bit out of date on keeping up with the latest and greatest. I built and kept upgraded over the years, a very decent XP system that still meets 95% of my needs. Unfortunately, with the impending end of XP support, I feel the need to build a new win 7 box. My current hardware configuration just can't continue to be upgraded, so I guess I'm starting fresh. I could use suggestions and critiques of my proposed hardware. I'm fairly sure about several components, but less sure about others. Please and thank you! :-)

Approximate Purchase Date: <30 days

Budget Range: $1500-2000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (1) ArcGIS; (2) SAS / R / python programming for statistical modeling; (3) photo / video editing; (4) gaming

Are you buying a monitor: Reusing a 24" 1080p, will add a second one eventually.

Parts to Upgrade: Everything except peripherals.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes - Win 7 pro 64

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: amazon (I have prime)/ newegg.com

Location: NE Mississippi

Parts Preferences: intel cpu, WD caviar black hdd

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 - want to eventually set up a second in portrait mode for reading and writing

Additional Comments: I want a powerful, stable workstation for doing intensive GIS work and other programming tasks. I'm also going to be managing a large photo collection and would like to be able to play an occasional game (skyrim and whatnot) without the framerate suffering.

Why Are You Upgrading: I've been happily running XP, but with the impending demise of that OS, I'm forced to upgrade to run Win 7. My existing hardware won't support 7, and I'd like to just go ahead and set up a workstation that will last me for a long while.

Software I'll be running:
Windows 7 pro 64
ArcGIS 10.2
SAS 9.3
Python and R
Photoshop
Skyrim
Blu-ray player
Office 2003 pro (hate newer versions, but may be forced to upgrade)



List of any parts you have already selected with descriptively labeled links for parts.



RAIDMAX SMILODON Extreme Black ATX-612WEB 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case
* Have one already, very happy with it. Prefer a solid steel, very heavy case. Don't care about looks.
Model #:ATX-612WEB
Item #:N82E16811156078
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i7-4770K Haswell 3.5GHz LGA 1150 84W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80646I74770K
* Pretty sure I want this one
Model #:BX80646I74770K
Item #:N82E16819116901
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS Z87-PRO (V EDITION) LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Model #:Z87-PRO (V EDITION)
Item #:N82E16813132046
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HIS IceQ X² Turbo Boost Clock H270XQMT2G2 Radeon R9 270X 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support ...
Model #:H270XQMT2G2M
Item #:N82E16814161442
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
* May look into a larger SSD. Ideally could run OS on it and have ~350 GB extra for ArcGIS project stuff.

Model #:MZ-7PD256BW
Item #:N82E16820147193
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

WD BLACK SERIES WD2003FZEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
* Have and like these. May buy 2 and set up a RAID for storage. OS and programs on the SSD.
Model #:WD2003FZEX
Item #:N82E16822236624
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-2133C9D-16GXH
*Not at all sure about this selection, but want >= 16 GB of RAM and want it fast.
Model #:F3-2133C9D-16GXH
Item #:N82E16820231571
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM
Model #:FQC-04649
Item #:N82E16832116992
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Power supply - not sure yet, will add up needs from all selected components.
CPU heat sink - may overclock, so want some overkill.
Cooling system - probably go fan cooled.
Blu-ray player - have one, but might buy another if it comes with updated software bundle, because my bundle expired and doesn't play new discs.

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March 10, 2014 2:22:47 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($568.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12S 55.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X79-UP4 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Best Buy)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($328.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ TigerDirect)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($134.94 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1893.82
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-10 17:20 EDT-0400)

12 threads will destroy anything you throw at it, and the included CPU cooler is damn quiet, and will allow some decent overclocking as well. The 770 will do well not just for gaming, but has CUDA as well. This setup will be great, with easy ability to upgrade RAM as well. You could even go to 4x8GB sticks to be able to upgrade to 64GB of RAM, but 32GB should be fine.
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