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June 12, 2010 6:31:05 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: June 2010

BUDGET RANGE: Around $1500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Running multiple virtual machines, web, MS Office, light gaming.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, operating system

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Sweden

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: www.komplett.se or www.dustinhome.se (swedish)

PARTS PREFERENCES: See below for part.

OVERCLOCKING: Likely no, if so nothing advanced

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I want to build a silent and powerful PC for use at home. Beside ordinary web surfing and typical lightweight applications I want to run Vmware Workstation 7.1 as a lab enviroment for my day time work with server systems. The host operating system will be Windows 7.

I want a CPU with many cores and hyperthreading support, memory at least 8 GB of RAM and fast local disks (HDD).

The case shall be quiet and preferably with enought cooling included. It shall also look "descreet".

I want a power supply unit that should be enough for my needs for some future ahead so I am not forced to replace it if adding one more hard drive or network interface card for example. Also if doing any light overclocking.

At the moment I do not play any games (besides some arcade games from the 1980's through MAME :)  ) and do not want to spend too much on a graphic card. This part is the one I am most unsure of. The Vmware Workstation product recommends nVidia GeForce 8800GT or ATI Radeon HD 2600 as a minumum for certain virtual machines. The price limit for the GPU would be $200. Perhaps less, but if I could get a good card that make the system last longer than perhaps it would be worth it.

The graphic card should also be quite and not increase the heat too much.

Already I have got a lot of help from forum members with putting the following suggestion together. If anyone has any comment or suggestion for exchange on some part that would be great as a second opionion.

As preferred website I have listed two local swedish webstores. If you like you can suggest parts from these, but if you find it difficult due to site language you are very welcome to point to any suitable webstore.

Here is the build suggestion, please comment!
Also check for any compability issues you might find.

Case: Antec P183, 1349 kr (about $170)

Motherboard: ASUS P7P55D-E LX, 1149 kr ($145)

Power supply: CORSAIR VX 550W, 895 kr ($113)

CPU: Intel Core i7 860 2.8 Ghz, 2294 kr ($360)

Memory: 2 x 4GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1333MHz, 3299 kr ($416)

Disk: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB, 649 kr ($82)

DVD: Sony NEC Optiarc DVD±RW burner AD-7240S, 275 kr ($35)

Graphic board: ?

So total sum so far about $1300, which leaves about $200. Which graphic card do you suggest and are there any other parts that could be replaced? I am grateful for any help, comments or suggestions.

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Anonymous
June 12, 2010 6:54:48 PM

And for a case you could substitute the Fractal Design R2 to save you some money.

http://www.dustinhome.se/pd_5010333581.aspx

This is a decent case and has a significant price difference over the Antec.
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June 12, 2010 7:14:00 PM

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And for a case you could substitute the Fractal Design R2 to save you some money.

http://www.dustinhome.se/pd_5010333581.aspx

This is a decent case and has a significant price difference over the Antec.


Thank you for you replies.

The case you suggested seems to be a good one and have got good reviews from the customers on the webstore. Do you know what would the differences from the Antec P183?
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Anonymous
June 12, 2010 7:24:20 PM

Both cases should have no trouble keeping the system above cool even with a medium overclock. Both cases are quiet, but i believe the R2 is the quieter. And of course the price difference. I see no significant advantage of the P183 over the R2, but its up to you.
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June 13, 2010 9:11:47 AM

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As far as a graphics card goes i think a Radeon HD 5770 would be a safe bet.

http://www.komplett.se/k/ki.aspx?sku=579445


Two questions on this graphic board (I know very little of these) :

Would the graphic card fit without problems in either the Fractal Design R2 or the Antec P183, which ever I choose?

Would the HD 5770 increase the heat and noice over a, say, 5750? If so, would it be mostly when actually gaming, which will be rare or always when having the computer started?
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Anonymous
June 13, 2010 11:41:21 AM

Yes the graphics card would fit both cases and heat wise the 5770 is 3 degrees C colder on idle and the same as the 5750 on load, according to this article.
http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1105/12/
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June 13, 2010 10:50:58 PM


Thanks. So there seems to be no big difference in noice or heat between a 5750 and a 5770, and at roughly the same prices I guess I could take the larger 5770 without losing anything.

Here is two suggestions, what would you say is better?

XFX Radeon HD 5770 1GB GDDR5

HIS Radeon HD 5770 1GB GDDR5

They are at the same prices, but I have heard that XFX is a good brand?


Do you, or anyone else, have any comments on the motherboard, PSU or the memory?
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Anonymous
June 13, 2010 11:28:22 PM

XFX are a good brand and come with a double lifetime warranty meaning that if you were to sell the card on after using it, the next user would still have a lifetime warranty. But both are good cards.

The memory is good, and although most systems dont need 8gb, it is probably a good idea because you are running virtual machines.

The PSU is recommended by jonnyguru and bit-tech, but, this PSU isnt modular and also i like to have a bit of extra power so i dont strain my psu too much when at load. Your best bet might be a modular one because you can remove unused cables, which leads to a tidier case with better airflow and this will keep it cooler.

A 520w Modular.
http://www.dustinhome.se/pd_5010114405.aspx

A 600w Modular.
http://www.komplett.se/k/ki.aspx?sku=482848

I would personally choose the 600w, but it is more expensive and the 520w should do.

The motherboard is fine.
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June 13, 2010 11:47:47 PM

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The PSU is recommended by jonnyguru and bit-tech, but, this PSU isnt modular and also i like to have a bit of extra power so i dont strain my psu too much when at load. Your best bet might be a modular one because you can remove unused cables, which leads to a tidier case with better airflow and this will keep it cooler.

A 520w Modular.
http://www.dustinhome.se/pd_5010114405.aspx

A 600w Modular.
http://www.komplett.se/k/ki.aspx?sku=482848

I would personally choose the 600w, but it is more expensive and the 520w should do.


So the thing with a modular PSU is that you can remove cables not needed?

My suggested PSU was a CORSAIR VX 550W for around 879 swedish Kronor. If I would go to the 600w above the price would be 948 Kr.

On another webstore I do think I found the same: COOLER MASTER SILENT PRO ATX12V 2.3 600W for only 795 Kr which is less then the Corsair product. Can you see if they are the same?

And, is the Cooler Master PSU of the same quality as the Corsair? And do you know how it compares in noice level?
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Anonymous
June 14, 2010 2:18:10 PM

Yes they are the same PSU on both sites.

Both PSUs will be quiet and are good quality.
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July 22, 2010 12:45:45 PM

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