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August 18, 2010 4:40:29 PM

Hi-

I am a self-confessed computer idiot, so was hoping that some of you may be able to give me some guidance in purchasing a new PC to be used primarily for doing statistical research. Essentially, my work has me accessing many (up to a few thousand) small files (avg size between 5-25MB each) over and over and running calculations on them.

Based on what little I know, I'm guessing that an SSD drive will be useful...and because I often work with the same dataset repeatedly after initially accessing the files, a lot of RAM will be helpful as well. Since the total size of my database is ~55GB and the OS taking up about ~25GB, I was thinking that I'll need an SSD that is at least 100GB (leaving a little room for growth). The largest dataset that I will be testing on at any given time is around ~22GB, so I was aiming for 24GB of RAM.

Other than that, I won't be doing much on the machine while doing this work other than web surfing and maybe listening to Itunes. For now at least, I only need a single monitor. Including the OS and monitor, I am hoping to get it built for under 2500.

Since I know so little about computers, I don't think I'm comfortable building one myself, so I've been looking through custom PC builder websites. Below are two configs (w/o monitors but w/OS) that seem to address my above goals, but I have no idea if everything is compatible, will overheat, or has crap/unnecessary parts. If anyone has thoughts on any of this, it would be greatly appreciated.

Oh, forgot to mention that I'm a little wary of purchasing from cyberpower based on what I've read about them...but they do seem to have the best prices.

AVADIRECT BUILD ($2200...not overclocked...should it be?):

COMPUCASE HEC 6C28B Black Mid-Tower Case, No PSU, ATX
HEC Orion HP 585D 585W Power Supply, 24-pin ATX, ATX12V, Dual 80mm Fans, OEM
ASUS P6X58D-E, LGA1366, Intel® X58, 6400 MT/s QPI, DDR3-2000 (O.C.) 24GB /6, PCIe x16 SLI CF /3, SATA 3 Gb/s RAID 5 /6, 6 Gb/s /2, USB 3.0 /2, HDA, GbLAN, FW /2, ATX, Retail
INTEL Core™ i7-930 Quad-Core 2.8GHz, LGA1366, 4.8 GT/s QPI, 8MB L3 Cache, 45nm, 130W, EM64T EIST VT XD, Retail
EVERCOOL HPK-10025EA CPU Cooling Fan, Socket 1366/775, Aluminum/Copper
MUSHKIN 24GB (6 x 4GB) Enhanced Silverline PC3-10666 DDR3 1333MHz CL9 (9-9-9-24) 1.5V SDRAM DIMM, Non-ECC
GIGABYTE GV-R577D5-1GD-B, Radeon™ HD 5670 775MHz, 1GB DDR5 4000MHz, PCIe x16 CrossFire, VGA+DVI, HDMI, Retail
CRUCIAL 128GB RealSSD™ C300 SSD, MLC, 355/140 MB/s, 2.5-Inch, SATA 6 Gb/s, Retail
WESTERN DIGITAL 1TB WD Caviar® Black™ (WD1002FAEX), SATA 6 Gb/s, 7200 RPM, 64MB Cache
RAID No RAID, Independent HDD Drives
LITE-ON iHDS118 Black 18x48x DVD-ROM Drive, SATA, OEM
SONY AD-7241S Black 24x DVD±R/RW Dual-Layer Burner w/ Lightscribe, SATA, OEM
ALPS DF354H Black Internal 1.44MB 3.5" Floppy Drive
LOGITECH Internet 350 USB Desktop Keyboard & Mouse, Black, USB, OEM
MICROSOFT Windows 7 Professional 64-bit Edition, OEM
WARRANTY Silver Warranty Package (3 Year Limited Parts, 3 Year Labor Warranty)

CYBERPOWER BUILD ($2150...is overclocked):

•*BASE_PRICE: [+825]
•BUNDLE: None
•BLUETOOTH: None
•CD: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)
•CD2: None
•CAS: Xion Predator 970 Gaming Series Mid Tower Case w/ 2 External Removable HDD Bays [-18]
•CASUPGRADE: None
•CS_FAN: Default case fans
•CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-940 2.93 GHz 8M Intel Smart Cache LGA1366
•FREEBIE_CU: FREE Game: Just Cause 2
•FAN: Asetek 550LC Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan (Advanced Cooling Performance + Extreme Silent at 20dBA) [+18]
•FREEBIE_MB: None
•FREEBIE_VC: None
•FA_HDD: None
•FLASHMEDIA: None
•FLOPPY: None
•GLASSES: None
•HDD: * 128GB A-DATA S596 Series Gaming MLC Solid State Disk [+265] (Single Hard Drive)
•HDD2: 640GB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD [+75] (Single Hard Drive)
•IEEE_CARD: None
•KEYBOARD: Xtreme Gear (Black Color) Multimedia/Internet USB Keyboard
•MOUSE: XtremeGear Optical USB 3 Buttons Gaming Mouse
•MONITOR: None
•MONITOR2: None
•MONITOR3: None
•MULTIVIEW: Non-SLI/Non-CrossFireX Mode Supports Multiple Monitors
•MB_ADDON: None
•MEMORY: 24GB (4GBx6) DDR3/1333MHz Triple Channel Memory [+783] (Corsair or Major Brand)
•MOTHERBOARD: * (3-Way SLI Support) GigaByte GA-X58A-UD3R Intel X58 Chipset SLI/CrossFireX Ultra Durable™3 Triple-Channel DDR3/1600 ATX Mainboard w/ 7.1 Dolby Audio, eSATA, GbLAN, USB3.0, 2 x SATA-III RAID, IEEE1394a, 4 Gen2 PCIe, 2 PCIe X1 & 1 PCI [+42]
•NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
•OS: Microsoft® Windows® 7 Professional [+135] (64-bit Edition)
•OVERCLOCK: Extreme OC (Extreme Overclock 20% or more) [+49]
•POWERSUPPLY: 600 Watts - XtremeGear Power Supply - SLI/CrossFireX Ready [+26]
•PRINTER: None
•PRINTER_CABLE: None
•RUSH: NO; READY TO SHIP IN 5~10 BUSINESS DAYS
•SOFT1: Free Microsoft® Office® 2010 STARTER EDITION (Reduced-Functionality versions of Word and Excel that include advertising)
•SERVICE: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT
•SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
•SPEAKERS: None
•TEMP: None
•TVRC: None
•USB: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
•USBHD: None
•USBFLASH: None
•USBX: None
•VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GT 220 1GB 16X PCI Express (Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA)
•VIDEO2: None
•VIDEO3: None
•VC_PHYSX: None

[Apologies if this post shows up twice but I cannot find my original attempt anywhere]
August 19, 2010 5:37:12 AM
August 20, 2010 4:00:54 AM

^ Well it is most probably because it probably comes in the single package...apart from that I dont see any other reason...
You can buy 6 single 4GB sticks and run them in Tri-Channel with no issues...The only thing you have to see to is that they are all operating at same speed/ timings and preferably same operating voltage and same company if possible...
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