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1366 Intel X58 Productivity Build

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January 21, 2010 6:44:32 AM






Hi folks! I'm trying to put together a fast productivity machine. I've read a lot of posts discussing sick gaming rigs. The thing is I'm trying to stretch my non-gamer bucks.

Originally I was looking at this setup:

(I'm from Canada: hence the links and slightly higher prices.)

Intel Core i7-920 $309.99
CORSAIR XMS3 6GB $185.99
Radeon HD 5870 $411.99
Intel X25-M 80GB SATA $197.69
HITACHI Deskstar 2TB 7200 RPM SATA $179.99
Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R $28.99
Antec Nine Hundred $119.99
Rosewill RKM-800RF $39.99

Tragically this turns out to be a tad on the pricey side: $1,824.60

Would it be crazy to reduce the initial cost of this build by:

a) Moving to an entry level video card such as the Radeon HD 5670 $102.99
I figure I don't need a sick GPU now and when/if i do I can just upgrade


b) Using only the ssd (and a 50 GB external I have kicking around) until I have the storage need for an internal hard drive?

Doing these two things shouldn't affect my productivity and they bring the cost down to $1,332.62

I'm trying to justify to myself that this is a better idea than sacrificing things that COULD affect my productivity or upgradeablity such as moving to an i5 with no ssd

While I'm at it, I don't have much experience with various cases. Is the
Antec Nine Hundred overkill? (Especially since I don't plan on EVER having more than an ssd with two conventional hard drives)

So in a nutshell, what do you guys think? Am I on the right track?

Any advice or opinions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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January 21, 2010 6:56:33 AM

What are you planning on doing with it? Productivity is more of a philosophy then a task.

If you are doing video editing more ram would be good. If you are doing document layout or art you should think about input devices. Sound design requires certain types of sound cards.
January 21, 2010 7:02:45 AM

A foot long post and I forgot the most important part lol.
Here s what i'll be doing with the rig:

Engineering simulations: matlab
3d design work: solid works, autocad
image processing: matlab, photoshop, lightroom etc.
general MS Office docs and surfing
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January 21, 2010 7:20:43 AM

^ Some changes to bring the cost down without any performance hit...

1. RAM -
Even the CAS 8 RAM sets would be wouldn't notice much difference between them and these...
CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

2. CASE - You wont need the 900...Just get a case without the bling and there are cheaper cases that also offer very good airflow... - Yes even this case is pretty decent...

PSU - Why do you need a 750W PSU at all ?
OCZ Fatality 550W - This can even power HD 5870 easy...stick with that Corsair only if you plan to run 2 HD 5870s...

SSD - NO to that SSD - Yes its Intel but its Gen 1 - So NO TRIM(Cleans up the SSD to keep it in near new state)...So you will need a SSD with Indilinx controller or Intel's Gen 2 SSD if you dont want the performance of the SSD to degrade over time...
January 21, 2010 6:32:52 PM


I just put together a i7 920 system for autcad here at work...I'm not sure how the ati 5800 series videocards would handle it, but usually we stick to the Nvidia FX series of videocards. Unfortunately the FX videocards for workstations are very pricey (we paid $1800 for the FX 5800 card we got). I would say check the AutoCAD forums and ask around what videocard would be best. I know there were some hacked firmware floating around that enabled some workstation features on a GTX 260 videocard. Sorry I don't know enough to help...I only game at home and I work for the I get exactly what I need in both places.