I've been working to put together a parts list to upgrade my work computer, would love to hear everyone's thoughts:
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: couple weeks
BUDGET RANGE: $1,000 +- a little
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash,
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, monitor, graphics tablet/mouse,
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, but open
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US
PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type: most familiar with Intel CPUs, Gigabyte MoBos,
OVERCLOCKING: No, but Maybe Slightly if I get brave
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680 x 1050 / 60 Hz (max of my current monitor)
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: looking for a cool/quiet machine, that handles multitasking from photoshop, flash, illustrator, dreamweaver, etc. Case can't be more than 19" deep. I've listed what I'm looking at so far below:
Case: quiet & cool, must be no more than 19" deep
- Antec 300 or Antec Solo
MoBo: GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
RAM: 6GB max, will add on later if needed.
- CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C9
CPU: unsure - don't know much about the i3-7 CPUs now, but this looked strong...
- Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80605I5760
Graphics Card: not looking for a gaming card, but a solid card for work performance:
- ATI 100-505606 FirePro V4800 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Workstation Video Card
- ZALMAN 9500A-LED 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler
Thanks folks, it's been a while since I've research parts so I appreciate the help.
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I've had issues with past machines getting hot (case sits in a vented desk cabinet but still holds heat in) so I replace the stock CPU cooler with an aftermarket and it's kept things running well.
I know most people on here probably go after the hot gaming cards, so I'm probably in the minority looking for a workstation graphics card, if anybody has experience with these types of cards, I'd be glad to hear it.