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$1000 i7 Pure Workhorse Build - No Gaming

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December 10, 2009 2:20:54 AM

Hello my favorite community,

Ok so THIS is what I have so far. I am trying to put together a rig that will blow any prebuilt away.

The thread title suggests an i7 build, but thats only because im not sure if there is anything that can be OCed to give it a run for its money. I guess the question is "is the extra $100 to go up to an i7, worth the performance gains" if NO, whats the next best thing?

Also, the MOBO is a big debacle for me. I want to make sure that this rig is able to utilize its full potential, but is the pricey MOBO really worth it...IDK. Initially I though that not having to buy a pricey GPU normally used in my gaming rig builds, that this build would be easy, I have learned my lesson.

$1000 is a hard ceiling price wise, but if there really aren't substantial gains to be had with $1000 rig, a cheaper $800 rig would be fine to. I thought about getting some cheaper 1333 DDR3 Ram, as well as a smaller PSU cause im not sure how much power a rig like this needs...

Anyways your help would be appreciated.



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December 10, 2009 11:26:31 AM

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December 10, 2009 5:13:30 PM

BUDGET RANGE: $1000 Hard Ceiling

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: This rig will be for a programmer, dealing with multiple Oracle Databases, and numerous programs at once.

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

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: - for specs, anywhere cheapest for purchasing

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel - CPU unless there is an AMD that will outperform, other then that quality is king.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes - Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No (just going to be running dual monitors nothing serious

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Nothing crazy but not 100% sure of exact Res

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: My apologies in not formatting my inquire properly, and thanks for the feedback

Also Here is a fixed link to the Wishlist I hope...

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December 10, 2009 5:32:54 PM

You're wasting a lot of money on that motherboard since you don't need Crossfire support. Here's an excellent CPU + motherboard combo: $397.98 (Intel Core i7-860 + GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 combo)

You don't have a need for a PSU anywhere near 750W. A quality 500W - 550W PSU is plenty.

CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W $89.99 - $10 MIR

You don't want to use that old, slow HD. Hard drives have advanced a lot since that drive was built. You should be looking for a single 500GB platter drive. I usually recommend the Samsung F3 500GB drive, but it's so popular it's sold out again. The Seagate drive would be a good second option.

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $54.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $54.99

You do NOT want to get that RAM for an i7 build. The maximum RAM voltage for the i5/i7 chips is 1.65v. That RAM is rated at 1.85v - 1.95v. That voltage would fry your CPU in no time. Here's some G.Skill RAM with the same specs that runs at 1.6v:

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRH - Retail $124.99