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Workstation with Xeon on sale

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August 4, 2010 12:28:49 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...

Intel Xeon E5520 Nehalem 2.26GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 80W Quad-Core Server Processor (Model: BX80602E5520)
ATI FirePro V8800 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFire Supported Full Height / Full Length Workstation Video Card (Model: 100-505603)
ASUS Supercomputer "Ultimate Gamer" choose 3Way SLI + PhysX at Real X16 X58 CEB Intel Motherboard (Model: P6T7 WS)
CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory (Model: CMP6GX3M3A1600C7)
Seagate Barracuda 2TB 5900 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive (Model: LP ST32000542AS)
OCZ Vertex Series 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (Model: OCZSSD2-1VTX60G)
Rosewill 2.5” SSD / HDD Aluminum Mounting Kit for 3.5" Drive Bay (Model: RX-C200)
LITE-ON Black 24X DVD±R 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Writer LightScribe Support (Model: iHAS424-98)
ZALMAN PROFESSIONAL Black Computer Case Aluminum / 1.0mm SECC Steel Full Tower With Hot Swap Bays & PSU Roller Rails (Model: GS-1000-BK)
Thermaltake Black Widow 850W ATX 12V 2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply (Model: W0319RU)

Combo Discount: -$177.94
Combo Price: $2,562.96
$2,517.96 after $45.00
promotion ends 8/10

Any thoughts?
It seems that this is one of the few machines not for gaming and entertainment.

For comparison, HP Z800 which is $2,569.99:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Intel Xeon E5530(2.4GHz)
300GB 15000rpm SAS
6GB DDR3 1333 ECC Unbuffered RAM
16X SATA SuperMulti DVD+/-RW
Graphics not included (...)
850W 85% efficient power supply; wide ranging, Active Power Factor Correction
Windows Vista Business 64 / XP Professional 64 downgrade

Second comparison, HP Z800 which is $1949.99:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Intel Xeon E5520(2.26GHz)
3GB DDR3 1333 ECC Unbuffered RAM
320GB 7200rpm SATA NCQ <--- SATA???
16X SATA SuperMulti DVD+/-RW
Graphics: not included (...)
850W 85% efficient power supply; wide ranging, Active Power Factor Correction
Windows Vista Business / XP Professional downgrade

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August 4, 2010 2:01:29 PM

Horrible workstation build.
You'd get much better performance with a custom build.

i7-970 $900
Quadro FX 3800 $820
Ga x58 UD3R $210
G SKill Pi ddr3 1600 cas 7 $160
F3 1tb $75
XFX 750W $130
Optical $20
CM 690 $60
Intel X25-M 80gb $220

Total: $2595 and it'll easily blow any of the above systems out of the water in terms of performance. That's without combo offers which you can use to probably knock $100 or so off the price.

1 of them has a firepro...lol and other 2 don't even have GPU's...
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