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October 21, 2010 3:48:32 AM

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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October 21, 2010 3:51:48 AM

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.
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October 21, 2010 4:06:47 AM

Also, don't care about an optical drive or wireless modem. Only need to support two monitors for now.
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October 21, 2010 5:22:51 AM

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_...
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October 21, 2010 10:56:15 AM

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...

60GB Sandforce based SSD $125 Free Ship
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 22, 2010 3:33:48 AM

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...

Add 5- 10%tot he 930scores and you have what the 950 would score on those benchmarks

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October 22, 2010 3:37:48 AM

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
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October 22, 2010 4:12:58 AM

jbart1981 said:
there is great combo deal with that case and nicer power supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

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.
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October 22, 2010 1:05:30 PM

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.
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October 22, 2010 1:19:38 PM

If you can wait a few months, wait for Sandy Bridge, else get the i7 930/950.
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October 22, 2010 1:36:11 PM

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.
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October 22, 2010 7:25:18 PM

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.
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October 22, 2010 9:19:28 PM

^ Isn't Q1 October 1, 2010 - December 31, 2010 (AFAIK, this is the case in US)?
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October 22, 2010 9:26:53 PM

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.
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October 30, 2010 5:07:05 AM

Best answer selected by Jsplinter.
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