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January 29, 2010 1:23:38 PM

how's this look for a super workstation? :)  (not graphics intensive use)

Intel Core i5 750 2.66Ghz (Lynnfield) (Socket LGA1156) - OEM
2x Patriot Sector 5 Viper II 4GB (2x2GB) PC3-12800 1600MHz Dual Channel



Gigabyte GA-P55-US3L P55 Socket 1156 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard
ASUS HD 4670 512MB DDR3 DVI VGA HDMI Out PCI-E Graphics Card
Samsung SpinPoint F3 500GB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 16MB Cache - OEM



Corsair 550W VX Series PSU - 120mm Fan, 5 Year Warranty
Casecom 6788 Black Mid Tower Case
120mm Black Case Fan - 4 pin connector
Titan TTC-NK85TZ Fenrir CPU Cooler
Titan TTC-C10 clip for Intel LGA 1156 for Fenrir TTC-NK

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January 29, 2010 1:25:16 PM

Check the link in my signature and change your post to match that. We definitely need to know a budget and specifically what you plan on using this build for.
January 29, 2010 1:32:58 PM

It's alright, but the i7-860 is a much better CPU for non-gaming.

I'd switch the cooler for a Coolermaster Hyper 212 or Sycthe Mugen-2 Rev. B (see this article).

Keep in mind that the board you choose is the older Gigabyte, and they had a problem or causing total failure when trying to go for a huge (4 GHz+) overclock. The problem was fixed with the P55A series.

Not so sure about that case. I can't find it on Newegg. You might want to consider the Antec 200 or Antec 300. Both are high quality, low priced cases.
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January 29, 2010 1:46:12 PM

Go with a core i7-860, they offer better performance for workstation PCs. Secondly if it is a workstation PC, why is it not graphical intensive. The definition of a workstation PC is one that has high graphics capabilities, fast CPU, and memory for running multiple applications. Workstations are used for rendering and calculations, and other hardware intensive computing. The i7-860 will work great, but you still need a good GPU backing it, and also you might want to go to 8gb if this is going to be a true workstation PC.
January 29, 2010 8:12:18 PM

sorry i was vague, you can't rate something if you dunno what against:

budget is about £400 without vat but its currently £500 :/  have i over speced anything?

usage is calculation workstation, databases and multi tasking (hence the budget graphics)


Hopkiller, surely those workstation roles (Graphics or Calculation) are totally different and could be filled by two different budget systems or one expensive one? i know everyone imagines them as rendering machines, thats not what i'm after, its the calculation side, and having lots open


i have 8 gb (2x 2x2GB dimms)
also tempted to go to a truely budget case: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/108280

thanks for the cooler tip, saving me a load :) 

the I7 is way more expensive :/  i reckon the i5 wil be more than good enough?

(to give you some idea i have an e2160 and 1gb of ram atm in a dell optiplex 330 :p )

not too worried about the board, was looking at 3.66ghz or something, i'd like to be super stable and last a longish time :) 



By the way, does Turbo Boost work with overclocking? i've seen different comments about it around, thanks
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