I am looking for advice on my build. I own a small accounting/tax consulting business and here is what I am looking for:
Budget Range: $500-$1,000 USD
System Usage: MS Office, Adobe Acrobat, Quickbooks, Peachtree, various tax software packages, internet; no gaming
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Monitor. DVD Writer
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No preference (Newegg, Amazon, etc.)
Country of Origin: (USA)
Parts Preferences: I have always had Intel systems but would be happy to explore AMD
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1680 x 1050 (dual monitors)
- My big thing is multitasking; at any point in time, I can have many memory-intensive apps open at once (Acrobat, Quickbooks, Peachtree, tax software, Outlook and Excel for example)
- The computer generally runs 24/7 as I do a lot of remote access
- I don't need a top-of-the line gaming GPU. but I am staring at numbers on the screen all day, so I need a pretty good one
- I won't be doing any gaming on this system
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT51264BA1339 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Combo Discount: -$14.00
Combo Price: $297.98
Subtotal: $772.93 + tax & shipping (for me $4.83)
The tower case is a very quiet case with a small footprint for an ATX tower. It includes a highly-rated efficient power supply from a quality manufacturer (Antec). I added a quiet discrete GPU that exhausts from the case and will make Windows graphics perform better overall even though it could be used for some low-end gaming. I went with a quad-core high frequency CPU because it's doubtful the productivity applications can take advantage of more than 4 cores. Even though you are running multiple apps, likely only one is processing at a time but you want lots of memory so you are not paging these apps every time you switch, hence the 8GB. USB 3.0 and SATAIII support allows for future expansion as more peripherals/components are released to support these features.
Yes, I do need Windows (I forgot to put that in the original post). I figure on using Win 7 64-bit Pro because I will need remote desktop hosting and will probably have to run some of my programs in XP mode.
Total - $1042 - looks like I went just a little over. Could easily shave some of that off with a cheaper case and combos. Could also switch the i5 + mobo for Dougie Fresh's AMD CPU & mobo. Or get any good 400ish W PSU, many are still very quiet.
Went with SSD + fanless GPU & PSU for low noise, though there will be some from the CPU and HDD.
As anyone who does Linux development knows, going multithreaded is usually as simple as typing “make -jN”, where N is the number of parallel jobs that you want to execute while building your app (normally N = number of cores/processors + 1). At $200/$300 per processor, that would make the X6 a bargain-basement priced high-power workstation (Intel’s current six-core offering, the Core i7 9xx series, is actually faster than the X6 but also costs +$1000, out of the reach of mortals and students like myself).