High Value Workstation Build

This workstation will dual boot xp and linux and be used for coding, CAD, and video editing. I think it is a great value. Any suggestions are welcome and encouraged. Thank you.

1 Antec Solution SLK3000-B Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
$49.00 $49.00

1 MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
$119.95 $119.95

1 PNY VCQFX540-PCIE-PB-V Quadro FX540 128MB DDR PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail
$229.00 $229.00

1 COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power RS-430-PMSR/P ATX12V Max: 400W, Peak: 430W Power Supply - Retail
$33.95 $33.95

1 AMD Opteron 175 Denmark 1GHz FSB Socket 939 Dual Core Processor Model OSA175CDBOX - Retail
$513.00 $513.00

1 OCZ 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered Dual Channel Platinum System Memory Model OCZ4002048ELDCPE-K - Retail
$239.99 $239.99

1 SONY Black 1.44MB 3.5" Internal Floppy Drive Windows 98SE/ ME/ 2000/ XP - OEM
$9.99 $9.99

2 Western Digital Caviar SE WD800JD 80GB 7200 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM
$55.00 $110.00

2 Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 ST3250823AS 250GB 7200 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM
$108.00 -$5.00 Instant $206.00

1 PLEXTOR Black IDE DVD Burner Model PX-740A/SW-BL - Retail
$82.99 $82.99

1 MSI Dual Net Card PCI Wireless-G Combo Desktop Card + Bluetooth1.2 - Retail
$24.99 $24.99

1 Microsoft Windows XP Professional With SP2 - OEM
$146.95 $146.95

Total: $1,765.81
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  1. The list looks great to me with one exception: The video Card. If this is going to be a CAD workstation, depending on what CAD package you choose, the graphics solution can make or break the usability of the workstation. If you can swing it I would recommend spending the extra hundred or so bucks to move up to at least a Quadro FX1300, I think you would be happiper with the performance. Having used workstations with cards at both ends of the spectrum (entry level and over the top) it can be extremely frustrating if your graphics card gets in the way of your CAD work.

  2. Well, I placed the order. Hopefully the FX 540 will be adaquate. I saw some benchmarks that showed it was better than the 7800 for what I'll be doing so I felt pretty good about it --> http://features.cgsociety.org/story_custom.php?story_id=3321&page=3

    I did end up changing my motherboard to an Asus A8n sli premium. I didn't need the SLI but I like the passive cooling and it just seems to be a generally reliable board with great features at a pretty reasonable price. Plus, if I really get serious about the CAD sometime, I could get quadro sli cards (which is another reason why I went entry level to begin with -- I didn't want to go mid-range only to upgrade to sli down the line).

    I also switched to 3 Gb/s drives because the new board allowed me to. All Seagate Barracudas.

    Lastly, I upgraded to a slightly better power supply: XCLIO XClio 450BL ATX 450W. I like the design with the big fan on the bottom (not aesthetically but thermally).
  3. PS - I just looked at that CG Society benchmark again and it put a smile on my face. To think I almost went with GeForce!
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