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March 4, 2010 2:08:25 AM

Hello,

I have never selected the parts for a workstation so I would really appreciate as much help as possible.

I am a graduate student and do a lot of statistical analysis using large financial datasets while running other programs at the same time. I have a budget of up to 2500-3000 and would like to build a workstation that allows me to do my research and also browse the internet, listen to music, watch movies, etc. I don't plan to use it for gaming.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: All parts to be purchased by March 15, 2010

BUDGET RANGE: No set budget, but hopefully between 2500-3000 after rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Statistical analysis using Stata, Matlab, and SAS; Internet Video Telephony; web applications; office productivity; surfing the internet; watching/editing movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, Camera, Mic

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: No preferred website. Just prefer for the site to be based in US

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Not sure I fully understand. I live in US. And I don't care of origin of parts

PARTS PREFERENCES: Don't have a preference but I do need a lot of RAM to be able to use some of my datasets (at least 12GB)

OVERCLOCKING: I am not sure it helps

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: I am a newbie so no clue!

MONITOR RESOLUTION: I've got two 24 inch HD monitors

MOTHERBOARD: Again, too ignorant to have a preference

OS: Windows 7, 64bit

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Not too concerned about anything else. Any advice would be really appreciated as beyond knowing that I should buy a QuadCore i7, I don't really know what to do. Thanks
March 4, 2010 2:26:04 AM

^ Workstation parts are better suited for your purpose...
You can get a Dual Xeon Workstation with Server memory, that would be beneficial for your data calculations as they are ECC and Registered memory, that are less susceptible to errors - which is very much necessary while doing data calculations...
I will try to come up with a list of parts...
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March 4, 2010 2:28:00 AM

Thanks a lot gkay09. I'll be waiting for your suggestions.

gkay09 said:
^ Workstation parts are better suited for your purpose...
You can get a Dual Xeon Workstation with Server memory, that would be beneficial for your data calculations as they are ECC and Registered memory, that are less susceptible to errors - which is very much necessary while doing data calculations...
I will try to come up with a list of parts...

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March 4, 2010 3:20:49 AM

^ Here is a list...

CPU x2 -
Intel Xeon E5520 Nehalem - It has 4 cores + 4 Logical thread - So 8 Logical Cores
-> 2x 8 = 16 Logical cores...So if the apps that you use take advantage of the additional cores, then this would be a very powerful build...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo
ASUS Z8PE-D12(ASMB4-IKVM) Dual LGA 1366 Intel 5520
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM -
2x 6GB Kit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or if you want more, then even you can get 2x 12GB kit well within your budget...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD - For boot and apps
Intel 80GB SSD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD - For DATA
Samsung F3 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sound card - USB - There is no onboard sound on that board...and also you cannot use regular sound cards as it is a server board...SO a USB sound card should fix that...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

PSU - This PSU has the more than enough power and also the main thing - 2x 8Pin CPU power, that is required for powering the 2 CPUs
SILVERSTONE ST75F-P 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE - That ASUS board is not a regular form factor board - Its a SSI EEB board...this case is of top quality and will fit that board...
SILVERSTONE TJ09-BW
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total - ~$2500 - With 24GB memory...

Here is a thread which has a build(using similar components) with Pics...
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/262853-28-xeon-w5580-...

And as this a Workstation build, you would need to do an extensive research on the components as they are different from regular desktop parts...
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March 4, 2010 4:02:19 AM

Again, thanks for your help. I have only one question. Does the moterhboard come with some sort of video card? I read that it has one rear panel port but would I need to buy a video card?

Thanks again for your help. It makes a big difference.

gkay09 said:
^ Here is a list...

CPU x2 -
Intel Xeon E5520 Nehalem - It has 4 cores + 4 Logical thread - So 8 Logical Cores
-> 2x 8 = 16 Logical cores...So if the apps that you use take advantage of the additional cores, then this would be a very powerful build...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo
ASUS Z8PE-D12(ASMB4-IKVM) Dual LGA 1366 Intel 5520
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM -
2x 6GB Kit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or if you want more, then even you can get 2x 12GB kit well within your budget...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD - For boot and apps
Intel 80GB SSD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD - For DATA
Samsung F3 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sound card - USB - There is no onboard sound on that board...and also you cannot use regular sound cards as it is a server board...SO a USB sound card should fix that...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

PSU - This PSU has the more than enough power and also the main thing - 2x 8Pin CPU power, that is required for powering the 2 CPUs
SILVERSTONE ST75F-P 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE - That ASUS board is not a regular form factor board - Its a SSI EEB board...this case is of top quality and will fit that board...
SILVERSTONE TJ09-BW
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total - ~$2500 - With 24GB memory...

Here is a thread which has a build(using similar components) with Pics...
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/262853-28-xeon-w5580-...

And as this a Workstation build, you would need to do an extensive research on the components as they are different from regular desktop parts...

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March 4, 2010 4:45:31 AM

^ My mistake - I linked a wrong board...
This is the one I wanted to link...
ASUS Z8PE-D12
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It comes with D-Sub out for video but if you want to have 1080p plyback and encode capabilities, then a cheap sub $50 card would suffice...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And forgot to add the heatsinks...
Intel BXSTS100C Passive/Active Combination Heatsink with Removable Fan
http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=FAN-BXSTSC
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