Non-gaming build for $1000 CDN


I am looking for a $1000 CDN workstation which won't be used for gaming, mostly software development, compiling, etc.

- Video card with dual DVI.
- DVD writer

Please post your recommendations.

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    Welcome to the forum. A little bit more info may change things (you could fill out the Build Advice form in my signature), but for now here's some possible changes.

    I'd get this board - better company, more features.

    Then maybe this RAM with lower latencies

    Finally, this could change depending on your usage, but the 5770

    To answer your questions, with your budget absolutely get a quad core. My vote would be for the i5 over the Phenom judging from what you posted above.
  2. Thanks for the suggestions. I will use that board.

    Regarding the video card, since this won't be a gaming PC, would I see any differences from using a cheaper card such as BFG GeForce 9800GT Ecointelligence 550MHZ 1024MB 1.8GHZ 256BIT GDDR3 2XDVI HDTV Video Card versus the 5770 you posted?

    Thanks again.
  3. Is that memory and motherboard compatible?

    G.SKILL F3-12800CL7D-4GBECO Eco PC3-12800 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL7-8-7-24 1.35V Memory Kit

    Gigabyte P55-USB3 ATX LGA1156 P55 DDR3 2PCI-E16 3PCI SATA2 Sound GBLAN USB3.0 CrossFireX Motherboard

    The qualified motherboard list on NCIX for that memory reads:

    Gigabyte GA-P55 UD3
    Gigabyte GA-P55 UD3P
    Gigabyte GA-P55 UD3R
    Gigabyte GA-P55 UD4
    Gigabyte GA-P55 UD4P
    Gigabyte GA-P55 UD5
    Gigabyte GA-P55 UD6

    Would I need to get another board? Such as Gigabyte P55A-UD3 ATX LGA1156 P55 DDR3 2PCI-E 2PCI RAID GBLAN CrossFireX USB3.0 SATA3 Motherboard
  4. Yes, they are compatible, that list is likely just incomplete - there's no way they can keep track of all the different RAM DIMMs on the market.

    And, yes you could get a cheaper GPU. If you never plan on doing things that would tax a graphics card, even the 5450 would work fine. You could really get anything in between (5450-5750), it just depends on how much you want to spend.
  5. Is picking up a VGA->DVI adapter an option?

    Looks like a pretty good build though.
  6. Ah, yes, an adapter would work fine.
  7. Looks like I may go with one of these cards. The 5570 is $95 and 5670 is $120. Any major differences for that $25 price difference?

    Gigabyte Radeon HD 5570 670MHZ 1GB 1.6GHZ GDDR3 DVI HDMI VGA DIRECTX11 PCI-E Video Card

    Gigabyte Radeon HD 5670 775MHZ 1GB GDDR5 4.0GHZ HDMI DVI VGA DIRECTX11 PCI-E Video Card
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  9. Both should work fine for you. Good luck!
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