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Non-gaming build for $1000 CDN

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May 12, 2010 11:00:00 PM


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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May 13, 2010 1:04:04 AM

Here is a build that I've come up with so far. It totals $1,064.18 from NCIX, but I can price match to get it under $1000.

Any other modifications I should make? Dual core instead of Quad core? AMD instead of Intel? I'm looking for the best deal, but still having plenty of performance. As mentioned in my previous post, this won't be used for gaming. Thanks.

Intel Core i5 750 Quad Core Processor Lynnfield LGA1156 2.66GHZ 8MB Cache Retail Box

MSI P55-GD55 ATX LGA1156 P55 DDR3 2XPCI-E16 3XPCI-E1 2XPCI RAID Audio GBLAN CrossFire Motherboard

Antec Sonata III Black ATX 16IN Mid Tower Quiet Case 3X5.25 2X3.5 4X3.5IN 500W 120MM Fan

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB SATA2 3.5IN 8.5MS 7200RPM 16MB Hard Drive OEM *3YR MFR

LG GH22NS50 Black 22X SATA DVD Writer OEM

Corsair XMS3 CMX4GX3M2A1600C9 4GB DDR3 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL 9-9-9-24 Core i5 Dual Channel Memory Kit

EVGA E-GEFORCE GTS 250 738MHZ 1024MB 2.2GHZ DDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDTV Out Video Card

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a b 4 Gaming
May 13, 2010 1:24:47 AM

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.
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May 13, 2010 2:31:42 PM

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
a b 4 Gaming
May 13, 2010 6:10:37 PM

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.
May 13, 2010 7:17:16 PM
a b 4 Gaming
May 13, 2010 7:21:40 PM

Is picking up a VGA->DVI adapter an option?

Looks like a pretty good build though.
May 13, 2010 7:57:26 PM

Ah, yes, an adapter would work fine.
May 14, 2010 4:35:23 PM

Best answer selected by tvor.
a b 4 Gaming
May 14, 2010 7:07:09 PM

Both should work fine for you. Good luck!