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PLEASE HELP! Need help with software engineer PC build!

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April 18, 2014 7:06:45 PM

So someone needs a build for his office and I need help to choose the parts. He has 3 monitors and is adding a TV soon to extend his workspace. The monitors support HDMI and I'm assuming the TV will too. He leaves it on 24/7 so he can VNC to it whenever. It needs to be quiet and out of the way. He has programs open on every monitor constantly with multiple tabs on web browsers at the same time. He usually has google earth and other live maps open to monitor radio traffic and such. He makes boards on a program and sends them to a hardware manufacture to make them so it must be able to run the program smoothly. He also makes web pages for all sorts of things. He is the Chief Technical Officerfor ASI Communications.

Here is what I have so far...
Crucial 16GB Kit (8GBx2) DDR3L 1600MT/s (PC3-12800) DR x8 ECC UDIMM 240-Pin Server Memory CT2KIT102472BD160B

Fractal Design Define R4

IntelĀ® Solid-State Drive Pro 1500 Series 480 GB

Intel Xeon Processor E3-1275 v3

ASUS P9D WS

Corsair RM Series 450-Watt

PNY NVIDIA Quadro NVS 510

We already have the operating system and an optical drive. And budget is not an issue. As long as he is getting what he needs. And we want this to last a long time. We will probably order the parts in a few months. Oh and we have a keyboard and mouse already too.

Here are the specs of his existing computer...
4GB of RAM

either 240 or 480 GB hard drive

Windows XP

Intel Core 2 Duo CPU

He is getting by fine but its getting sluggish on programs he uses a lot. Google earth is the most sluggish and he uses that a lot.

Tell me what you think and what should be changed!
Thanks for taking your time reading this!

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April 18, 2014 7:59:07 PM

With unlimited budget, I could easily come up with a very high performance quality workstation but are you really willing to shell out like $5000?
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April 18, 2014 8:03:05 PM

You seem to be building an economy PC for (from your description) someone who needs a powerful computer. They aren't compatible. A 450 watt power supply isn't adequate for anything more than an basic graphics card. And that isn't going to powerful enough to run three monitors (and a TV) well.

I would recommend reevaluating what the minimum system requirements are. Then build the system around the graphics card that meets those requirements.
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April 18, 2014 9:23:52 PM

terry4536 said:
You seem to be building an economy PC for (from your description) someone who needs a powerful computer. They aren't compatible. A 450 watt power supply isn't adequate for anything more than an basic graphics card. And that isn't going to powerful enough to run three monitors (and a TV) well.

I would recommend reevaluating what the minimum system requirements are. Then build the system around the graphics card that meets those requirements.


The power supply wont power the monitors. The video card maxed out takes at most 80W

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April 19, 2014 12:46:05 AM

The monitors have nothing to do with the PSU.

The GTX 640 (about $80) is one of the best rated entry level graphics cards. It has a minimum system requirement of "Minimum of a 350 Watt power supply. (Minimum recommended power supply with +12 Volt current rating of 20 Amps.)". You are mistaken about the "The video card maxed out takes at most 80W".

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.evga.com/Products/Product.aspx?pn=02G-P4-264...
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April 19, 2014 7:27:54 AM

terry4536 said:
The monitors have nothing to do with the PSU.

The GTX 640 (about $80) is one of the best rated entry level graphics cards. It has a minimum system requirement of "Minimum of a 350 Watt power supply. (Minimum recommended power supply with +12 Volt current rating of 20 Amps.)". You are mistaken about the "The video card maxed out takes at most 80W".

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.evga.com/Products/Product.aspx?pn=02G-P4-264...


Are you sure the NVS won't run 4 monitors? I mean were not going to be running anything graphically intense like games or 3D models. It can run 4 4k monitors so I'm guessing it can run 4 1080P monitors just fine
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