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September 9, 2009 11:58:27 PM

I have an opportunity to build myself a workstation for work.
I use MasterCAM 4, Rapidform XOR, Photoshop CS4, and soon maybe Solidworks. All graphically intensive applications.

I have in the past used Dell workstations but I want to break away from that and build a system specifically for my situation.
I hate being hamstrung by the Dell bios and the slow memory.

Since DDR3 is getting cheaper I think it may be time to go with an i7 core processor.
My main concerns are the motherboard, processor and memory and how they will perform with a QuadroFX video card. Here are the ones I am looking at so far. I have built 20+ gaming systems but never a workstation. I am thinking a system with these components will scream.

Proc. Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GH , easy overclock and price is getting better. My apps love multicores.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory, G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) The price is right, good reviews and I am a G.Skill fanboy. I will be using two of these kits because MasterCAM and Rapidform are such memory hogs that you can't get enough.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard, I have and use Gigabyte motherboards with great satisfaction but their i7 boards don't seem to be fairing well with the general public. EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR, This seems to be a very good board but I am a bit timid. I just want a excellent, durable board.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The case, dvd, power supply etc. aren't a real concern because I already know what will work best for each of those.

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September 10, 2009 10:03:52 AM

Your choice of RAM and mobo is good...But the RAM you have chosen doesnt have great timings...So rather than going for MHz, get tighter timings as they would perform better...Here is a one, that is good option...Quality wise, they are as good or even better than GSkillz...and DDR3 1333MHz CAS 7 is better than DDR3 1600MHz with CAS 9

mushkin 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 CAS 7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And as for the mobo, dont know how you came to the conclusion that Gigabyte mobos are not doing good with their i7 series...
The UD4P is a very solid option...But even the EVGA is very good...
http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-EX58U4P
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September 10, 2009 2:37:01 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...


Or, check out the latest reviews of the P55 chipsets and Lynnfield CPUs e.g. Core i7 860,
which has 4 cores + hyperthreading (8 threads total):

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=363...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...


I would get the ASUS P7P55D Premium in anticipation of SATA/6G SSDs:

http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=769

I've also seen mention of an ASUS RAID add-on controller with support for SATA/6G;
see photo here:

http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=19975


Here's one of Intel's latest SAS/6G RAID controllers:

http://www.intel.com/Products/Server/RAID-controllers/R...


The Seagate Savvio 15K.2 2.5" HDDs now support a SAS/6G interface:

http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/products/servers/savvi...

Put those Seagate Savvios -- or future SATA/6G SSDs -- in an X14 from Enhance Tech:

http://www.enhance-tech.com/products/multidrive/x14.htm...


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September 10, 2009 3:49:43 PM

Upon further review you are right. The Gigabyte mobos are very good with the i7 cores. The board you mentioned has been discontinued at Newegg so singled this out. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I like the memory you suggested too.


gkay09 said:
Your choice of RAM and mobo is good...But the RAM you have chosen doesnt have great timings...So rather than going for MHz, get tighter timings as they would perform better...Here is a one, that is good option...Quality wise, they are as good or even better than GSkillz...and DDR3 1333MHz CAS 7 is better than DDR3 1600MHz with CAS 9

mushkin 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 CAS 7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And as for the mobo, dont know how you came to the conclusion that Gigabyte mobos are not doing good with their i7 series...
The UD4P is a very solid option...But even the EVGA is very good...
http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-EX58U4P

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September 11, 2009 7:03:05 AM

^ That is a good board...and as for the UD4P, why not get it from ewiz.com ? they have good reseller ratings and very good prices...
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