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Need Advice on $1350 Rig for Development (updated with specs.)

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February 14, 2010 2:14:27 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Development

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Need everything

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: tigerdirect.ca / infonec.com / canadacomputer.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: None

OVERCLOCKING: No / Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 - 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

Would like machine to be quiet, as small as possible.


Intel Core i5 i5-750 / 2.66 GHz - LGA1156 Socket - L3 8 MB - Box $219.99
GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD4P INT P55 SKT.1156, 1394, 4 DDR3, USB 3 AUDIO, SATA 3, ATX, TPM $183.00
OCZ DDR3 PC3-12800 6 GB (3 x 2GB) Gold Low-Voltage Triple Channel $175.00
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 - Hard drive - 1 TB - internal - 3.5" - SATA-300 - 7200 rpm - buffer: 32 MB $95.99
Sapphire HD 5750 1GB GDDR5 HDMI+2xDVI+DP PCIe $145.50

Antec Sonata III 500 FRONT MOUNTED USB ESATA 500W 9 DRIVE BAYS STANDARD ATX $115.00
Antec TruePower New -750 Blue - Power supply ( internal ) - ATX12V 2.3/ EPS12V 2.91 - AC 115/230 V - 750 Watt - active PFC - United States $138.00
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus High Performance 4 Heatpipes Cooler - Socket LGA1366 / 1156 / 775 - Socket AM3 / AM2 / AM2+ $32.99

Logitech Cordless Desktop EX100 Keyboard and Mouse $33.99
LG GH22NS50 SATA 22X/22XDVD-RW DRIVE, BLACK, INTERNAL, $23.50
ViewSonic VX1932wm-LED - LCD display - TFT - LED Backlight technology - 19" - widescreen - 1440 x 900 - 250 cd/m2 - 1000:1 - 10000000:1 (dynamic) - 5 ms DVI-D, VGA - speakers - black $149.00

Total: 1,311.96 + TAX
February 14, 2010 3:59:39 AM

alright i will see what i can do for ya...

i feel i should preface this by saying i am an entry level programmer so i know a little bit of what you might want but not completely. with that said, i would imagine you will want a more CPU centered rig. (over GPU)

Intel core I5 750 - $200

GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD4P -$190 this board has USB 3 and SATA 6G which helps future proof the rig

Corsair (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz - $110

Corisar 750Watt HX PSU - $150

XFX ATI Radeon HD 5750 - $140

2X Western Digital (or samsung) 500GB - $70 x2= $140

CASE - $90 (i will let you pick as you will know her tastes better than i would)

Linux OS -$0

Total: ~ $1020

let me explain a bit of this. 4 GB of ram should be enough unless you plan to do lots of virtualized machines at once otherwise you will probably want to invest another $110 for 8GB. Next the I5 750 should provide you with enough processing power to handle most things relatively quickly. The GPU is the Trick. if you feel you dont need much of a GPU then i would step down to a ATI Radeon 4850 and buump the CPU to an I5 860.

i doubt this rig is perfect, but i believe it is a good start.

Good Luck and happy building!
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February 14, 2010 4:11:05 PM

Hey...

Thanks. I've updated the thread based on your recommendations, and added other things. I changed the RAM since I didn't know the model number.

Please comment on the setup. Thanks.

Thean.
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February 14, 2010 4:49:03 PM

Note - All prices in canadian dollars via newegg canada

MoBo - Asus's implementation of USB 3 and SATA II is superior (see THG article) so I'd move up to one of their 1156 boards.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/usb-3.0-performance...

ASUS P7P55D-E Pro ($199)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Intel Core i5 i5-750 / 2.66 GHz ($199)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

RAM - CAS 7 CORSAIR XMS3 4GB - 2 x 2GB ($127)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD - Stick w/ 500 GB per platter drives. This knocks out all WD's except for the 2TB model. Check out the performance charts and pick whatever 500 GB per platter drive performs best under your usage patterns. The WD Black 2 TB is a good choice but again at smaller capacities, you are limited to the Seagate 7200.12 or the Spinpoint F3. The 7200.12 excels in gaming, multimedia and pictures whereas the F3 wins at music and movie maker. See the comparisons here (copy past link in manually, link won't work in forum):

(http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2009-3.5-desktop-har...[2371]=on&prod[2770]=on),

look at the tests that reflect your usage and choose accordingly.

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache ($99)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

GFX card - If gaming is on the agenda, the 57xx series doesn't have the bandwidth for 30 fps in Dx11 games. If gaming
s not on the agenda....I would grab a < $100 card .... 9600 GT, HD 4850 or 5670

SAPPHIRE 100287VGAL Radeon HD 5670 ($98)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Case / PSU - Turn off the LED's and ya have a well cooled, sleek case w/ an excellent PSU $70 cheaper than other alternatives. 650 watts is way more than enough for a single GFX card....you could probably get away w/ a 450 watter but this allows for future add ons. ($179)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HSF - No 3rd party heatsink required if you not going to OC over 3.3 GHz.....if you do...
XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler ($41)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

Monitor - ASUS VW266H Black 25.5" 2ms ($309)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

KB / Mouse- Logitech Cordless Desktop EX 100 Black $31)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

DVD Burner - LG 22X DVD GH22NP20 ($28)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

$1310 (note I ignored the cents in prices so figure $1320 :) 
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