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Number Crunching build help

I'm actually a code writer, but I've never built a computer before. i don't really know where to start
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I have roughly a $1000 budget to build a tower with as much memory and the fastest processor possible.

This computer will not be used for gaming. It is for work only. It does not need a sound card.

Where do I begin?

Thank you
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  1. Forgot to mention, I do know the OS will be 64-bit Windows 7 Ultimate. Also, it does not necessarily need to have a large HDD b/c I can back-up daily. Thanks again.
  2. Also, don't care about an optical drive or wireless modem. Only need to support two monitors for now.
  3. Best answer
    maybe something like this ?

    COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    $59.99


    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD322GJ/U 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    $42.99

    XFX HD-465X-ZDF2 Radeon HD 4650 1GB 128-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
    $59.99


    OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC ...
    $59.99

    CORSAIR XMS3 12GB (6 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model HX3X12G1600C9 G
    $249.99

    GIGABYTE GA-X58-USB3 LGA 1366 Intel X58 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    $179.99

    Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950
    $294.99

    Scythe Ninja 3 SCNJ-3000 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler
    $52.99

    Subtotal: $1,000.92

    Put a big air cooler in case you want to OC a little :) should be able to run stable at 3.5GHz or so
    Check this review out
    http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/cpu_mainboard/intel_core_i7-950_review/7
  4. When $$ no object the Gulftown X6 reigns supreme but if it is i'd hit Thuban + OC and sensibly priced chipsets that have features that i actually depend on (dual display IGP for example) ^^


    From $542AR w/o SSD, etc yet
    2 x display = HD 4250 integrated
    3-4 = HD 4250 and add in a Radeon class GPU (since no gaming HD 4350/5450)
    - enable ATI Surround View function in BIOS


    Optional Items

    CM GeminiIIS cooler $33
    http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=FAN-PBU1&title=Cooler-Master-GeminII-S-RR-CCH-PBU1-GP-CPU-Fan-For-Intel-LGA1366-1156-775-AMD-AM3-AM2-AM2

    60GB Sandforce based SSD $125 Free Ship
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231377
  5. Here is a review that compares the 1090 X6 to the i7 930 - the slower version of the 950 and the 930 beats it in almost every benchmark.
    http://ixbtlabs.com/articles3/cpu/amd-phenom-2-x6-1090t-p3.html

    Add 5- 10%tot he 930scores and you have what the 950 would score on those benchmarks
  6. Thanks, that looks promising. right on my budget. That doesn't sound so bad.

    jbart1981 said:
  7. I guess that's why they are close to the same price...


    jbart1981 said:
    Here is a review that compares the 1090 X6 to the i7 930 - the slower version of the 950 and the 930 beats it in almost every benchmark.
    http://ixbtlabs.com/articles3/cpu/amd-phenom-2-x6-1090t-p3.html

    Add 5- 10%tot he 930scores and you have what the 950 would score on those benchmarks
  8. btw i priced it all on newegg and there were a few coupon codes that didn't get calculated in the price - proabably $50 worth or so. they seem to have a bunch of 10% coupon right now
  9. Building on Jbarts rig, and assuming your buying is relatively soon here's a combo deal

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.520509

    And i would go w/ this PSU at 59.99 and 500W personally.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139018&cm_re=corsair_psu-_-17-139-018-_-Product
  10. there is great combo deal with that case and nicer power supply

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.523819

    same price as the 2 pieces in my original build - so free upgrade :)
  11. jbart1981 said:
    there is great combo deal with that case and nicer power supply

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.523819

    same price as the 2 pieces in my original build - so free upgrade :)


    Nice find, not to mention the modular PSU should help Mr. Splinter having never put together a Comp before.
  12. using the combo deals the price came down to $984 + $13 shipping and there is a $15 mail in rebate on the video card. So $982 total :)

    Since we got you under a grand might as well throw in a decent DVD Burner - $22 Free shipping

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106334
  13. lol, well, I'll still save the $22 if I can. I figure the fewer devices the better, and I have an external optical drive to use when necessary.
  14. If you can wait a few months, wait for Sandy Bridge, else get the i7 930/950.
  15. True if you can wait for February or March Sandy Bridge will be a nice "tock" especially since they are releasing mid-range chips first - but that is a while to wait if you need and upgrade now.

    I think they are saying 20% increase clock for clock on a single core but no firm release dates or pricing have made it out yet so we are still a bit in the Twilight zone about things for the time being.
  16. ^ Intel said Q1: http://www.tomshardware.com/news/sandy-bridge-nehalem-core-i7,11464.html

    So we should see SB CPUs/board by Christmas time or may be even by Thanksgiving time. And imo, for rendering,etc type work it's well worth the wait.
  17. Yeah - Q1 is Jan -> March so if they release it at the end of Q1 it is late march. But if you can get one b4 christmas jump on it ;)

    Not to mention it has already been pushed back twice. And we all know how good Intel is with release dates :/

    If it got released when originally planned we wouldn't be talking about westmere anymore.
  18. ^ Isn't Q1 October 1, 2010 - December 31, 2010 (AFAIK, this is the case in US)?
  19. Well I'm in Ohio and we always start our fiscal Jan 1st so Q1 = Jan -Mar Q2=Apr -Jun Q3=Jul- Sep Q4 = Oct -Dec

    I know of some companies that start July 1st but generally accepted references start the same as the calender year.
  20. ^ I'm going by the US Gov't Fiscal Year system: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiscal_year
    So, wish system does Intel,etc uses?
  21. Best answer selected by Jsplinter.
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