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August 21, 2010 5:03:01 PM

would love to see some recommendations for a computer that will have some general use but will be for very large excel spreadsheets 500 plus mb each and i have multiple version open at one time

i'm tinking shuttle with at least a i7-930 processor with 8 gb of ram. i also now have 4 30" in monitors (so dont need anything there) as well as a NAS back up system so a large hard drive or raid is not needed. one sdd drive would be fine if it help speed up excel. i would like the system to be under 1000 if possible.

so it looks like a mother board, processor, 8 gb memory, hard drive or sdd drive, video card to handle 4 monitor (using a NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+ now, but not in love with it so other options would be fine
August 21, 2010 5:10:50 PM

i would go for an amd build, like an amd phenom II x6 1090T i think the two extra cores would be nice, an ssd will be a very nice upgrade get an ocz vertex 2 ssd
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August 21, 2010 5:20:01 PM

Supposedly excel 2010 is only dual core. If using 2007 then definitely a 6-core AMD build. Otherwise you need to find out if it's true or not for the final build especially. Then you can choose.
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August 21, 2010 6:38:35 PM

right now i'm using 2007 but have already purchased 2010 office, just want to make sure all of my macro work b4 i go for the gold with only 2010. btw that 1000 does not include the shuttle and mother board or the 8 gb of memory or a dvd drive and win 7 prof 64 bit. i think a ssd drive is just way to high in price so going to stay with a western digital veloci Raptor 300 gb sata drive. so my only two variables would be the video card (needs to fit into a shuttle and what processor. i'm open minded with respect to a amd build out but would need to know why that vs a i7 option. tks
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August 22, 2010 3:40:15 AM

Because the price is way better on the AMD build. If 2010 supports all cores (or at least 6, heh) then the six-core AMD CPU will be able to do stuff faster than any comparable in price. That's why I said to find out.
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August 22, 2010 11:45:35 AM

false, i'm trying to get that info b4 i make any final decision. which specific amd cpu would be the fastest, the phenom II x6 1090t that gordon suggested or is there a better one?
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August 22, 2010 6:08:08 PM

They don't have both versions of excel. IDK how far off the final code for 2010 is anyway. That's what's important to know.

Either of the six-core AMD CPU's would be good. There are two, with vastly different prices. The more expensive one also has an unlocked multiplier for easier overclocking. Other than that they aren't a whole lot off, you can look at teh exact gigahertz yourself, I don't know them offhand.
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August 22, 2010 6:21:53 PM

The 1090T is faster, but the 1055T is a lot better value.
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August 22, 2010 6:31:07 PM
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August 23, 2010 3:47:32 PM

gordon_81 said:
PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

i would get an ssd later when prices go down

will you buy 2 gpus an put them in crossfire or sli? are you gaming? just trying to find out so i can suggest a certain gpu


tks alot gordon. no pc gaming, us my 360 and ps3 for that. this is strickly a work related excel machine with minor use of net for downloading data into the spreadsheets with my macro's

tks agaub
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August 24, 2010 2:28:19 PM

ok cool, do you need to get a case?
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August 24, 2010 6:26:03 PM

if youre just using this for excel and such, you dont even necessarily need a discrete gpu, though its nice to have. the 5850, or maybe the 5770 if you want to save a bit of $$.

EDIT: didnt notice the four screens. did you want to run all of them together? look for eyefinity.
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August 24, 2010 7:31:50 PM

rainvie1 said:
if youre just using this for excel and such, you dont even necessarily need a discrete gpu, though its nice to have. the 5850, or maybe the 5770 if you want to save a bit of $$.

EDIT: didnt notice the four screens. did you want to run all of them together? look for eyefinity.


each monitor has an excel spreadheet on a monitor by itself, many times a monitor will have multiple spreadsheets open in the same window if i'm going to copy info from one to the other. right now using office 2007 but have already pushased 2010 but still testing to make sure that all of my existing macro work in 2010 b4 i go to it full on. i have a decent machine now but my refresh takes over 30 seconds when i update major pieces of data so trying to take as much of that out as possible. i have a NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+ now that handles the 2560 x 1600 just fine but i was never in love with them as i've had 3 die just after the warranty ran out because of overheating etc
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August 24, 2010 9:57:21 PM

I'd say the 5830 or 5770 should do that fine. But isn't eyefinity 3 screens not 4? How do you have all of those connected now?
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September 3, 2010 4:10:02 PM

my existing nvida has 4 dvi ports on the card
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September 3, 2010 11:12:53 PM

If you can only find 3 monitor ones, then you could always get like 2 5570's. For just powering monitors these would do fine.
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September 11, 2010 12:10:32 PM

Best answer selected by qcx2987.
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