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$500-1000 Excel monster - how's this?

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October 25, 2009 7:26:20 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE:
December.

BUDGET RANGE:
$500-1000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:
Crunching a 160mb Excel file with 20,000 records, lots of macros (takes about 36 seconds)...but would like to run one with 50-100,000 records...or more.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED:
Monitor, speakers, keyboard, mouse.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:
Newegg, Amazon, Buy.com...whatever is best.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:
USA (CA)

PARTS PREFERENCES:
No brand preference.

OVERCLOCKING:
No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE:
No.

MONITOR RESOLUTION:
1900x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
No LEDs. Just quiet, fast and decent looking. If I go cheap ($500), it'll be a very temporary computer. If I break the bank ($1000), I'd like it to be upgradable for future use and as an all-around PC. Might throw in a nice graphics card if I ever have time to play games.

I'm currently using a MacBook Pro c2d 2.4/6gb ram/XP/Boot Camp and it takes about 36 seconds to run the 20,000 line version of the spreadsheet. Believe it or not, that's slow enough that it pisses me off! I need to do this all the time, but doing these 20k line chunks over and over is a pain. I'd like to run much larger versions of this (50-100-200k lines).

I got a bid to build the following system for $850. Is that a good deal? If not, what should I change? CPU overkill?

Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD3R
Intel Core i7-920 Processor (8MB L3 Cache, 2.66GHz)
6gb RAM DDR3/1333 (3x2gb)
1x HD SATAII 500GB SEAGATE
1x Samsung DVD-ROM
1x ATI Radeon 256MB Video Card
1x POWER SUPPLY ANTEC 500W
In-Win C589-Black CASE

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October 25, 2009 8:21:28 AM

^ Isnt an overkill for you want to do ? But still...

I would suggest the i7 860/ i5 750 instead of the 920 -
Reason -
1. They have a better Turbo boost inbuilt (Overclocks itself when required) than the 920.
2. They are 95W TDP CPUs, hence less heat and consumes less power.

CPU + Mobo -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

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

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

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

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

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

Total - ~$700
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October 25, 2009 3:10:53 PM

Thanks for the great build ideas. The other thing I've been thinking about is buying/building something along the lines of this Gateway:

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

and just giving to my business partner so he can deal with it. If it's not for me, I'm not so worried about the overall awesomeness of the system.

Is it possible to beat the Gateway deal with a home-build? I'd still like to build a system, even if I end up giving it away.
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October 26, 2009 4:54:30 AM

^ Well if you include cheap quality parts(CASE, PSU, mobo(Not sure which brand mobo they use) and slower parts(HDD and you cant expect the RAM to be from Top tier manufacturers) in your build, then certainly you can beat that deal...And the PC vendors, get WIN 7 license for about $50 but we would have to pay about $110 for the WIN 7 licence...So that is one more major part of the budget...

Here is one setup that comes close to that config but has quality case and PSU, faster CPU, better mobo and HDD but this build has 4GB RAM compared to 6GB in that gateway...But you get Corsair...

CPU + Mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

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

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

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

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

Total - ~$491 | $476 Including rebates. No OS included in the build...
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