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November 29, 2010 10:45:56 PM
November 29, 2010 10:54:11 PM

Spinpoint F3 1 TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ~ 69.99
any specific reason for 2 monitors? I'd stay with one, buy a better GPU and get this monitor instead... has HDMI, and lower response time... ASUS VH236H monitor http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ~ 189.99
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Case - not 100% about this one - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It is fine... but a bit expensive, an Antec 300 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ~ 69.99 would be better....
don't need 8 gigs of RAM.... 4 is fine... this G.skill is better, g.skill 4 gigs http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ~ 77.99




Edit: Not a good PSU... any of these would be better...
Antec Earthware 750 watt http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ~84.99

Antec TruePower 650 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ~ 69.99
XFX 650 watt http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ~ 89.99
CORSAIR 650 watt http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ~ 89.99
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November 29, 2010 11:09:58 PM

I agree with atotalnoob for the most part, on the PSU IMO all you need is a good 550W less you plan to xfire @ 8X4X with that mobo < IMO not a good mobo for xfire.

Save the money on the ram for a better GPU ( you will need it @ 1080 rez )

I belive on the ram you want to stay under 1.6 V for the 1156s MOBO




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November 30, 2010 12:10:35 AM

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Save the money on the ram for a better GPU ( you will need it @ 1080 rez )
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on the PSU IMO all you need is a good 550W less you plan to xfire @ 8X4X with that mobo < IMO not a good mobo for xfire.
you can always use the PSU for a build, later on.... Ahh 8X4X? not the best... but acceptable, X1 is the only real bottleneck..... X4 is like 90% performance..
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November 30, 2010 12:12:13 AM

Dual monitors are a must for me. I suppose the graphics card could be updraded a bit, but I think everything is pretty well-balanced. I'm personally willing to pay a bit more for WD. 8 GB of RAM may be excessive but I'll end up upgrading it in a year or two anyway.
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November 30, 2010 12:20:26 AM

What is the most demanding usage for this PC?

If it is for gaming, strengthen the graphics card.

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November 30, 2010 12:22:42 AM

geofelt said:
What is the most demanding usage for this PC?

If it is for gaming, strengthen the graphics card.


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November 30, 2010 2:47:58 PM

This will be my all-purpose college desktop. I'll use it for a fair bit of Matlab and general homework/internet purposes. I have a 360, so it won't be used for all of my gaming purposes. For reference, I'm a ChE.
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November 30, 2010 3:36:37 PM

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I'm personally willing to pay a bit more for WD.
WD drives are slower then Spinpoint.... WD uses 3 320 Gig platters, were the Spinpoint uses 2 500 gig platters, increasing performance....


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This will be my all-purpose college desktop. I'll use it for a fair bit of Matlab and general homework/internet purposes. I have a 360, so it won't be used for all of my gaming purposes. For reference, I'm a ChE.
I dunno what a ChE is....=/
If all you are going to use it for is, Internet, gaming, and word processing what Geofelt said, still is valid =D
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November 30, 2010 9:07:18 PM

Atotalnoob said:
I dunno what a ChE is....=/
If all you are going to use it for is, Internet, gaming, and word processing what Geofelt said, still is valid =D


ChE = Chemical Engineer - I'm a student, of course.
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November 30, 2010 9:15:17 PM

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ChE = Chemical Engineer - I'm a student, of course.
I knew you were a student, yuou said above...

Sounds cool...!
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November 30, 2010 9:33:11 PM

Hungreh said:
This will be my all-purpose college desktop. I'll use it for a fair bit of Matlab and general homework/internet purposes. I have a 360, so it won't be used for all of my gaming purposes. For reference, I'm a ChE.


Some time ago, I helped a friend build a PC for matlab work. We used a Intel clarkdale 32nm duo, the i5-660 @3.3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... He seemed very pleased. I do not know if matlab is multicore enabled, I think not, unless it is in more current versions. If that is true, you want to go for the highest clocked dual core you can get. But, I don't think the 670 or 680 is worth the extra price premium, particularly if you will overclock. From a cpu point of view, any dual core clocked at 3.0 or higher can run any game decently.

Now, if you can wait, just a bit, sandy bridge is scheduled to be available January 9. It starts at higher clock rates, and turbos higher for single threaded tasks. And... it is 15% faster, clock for clock than the best current offerings.

As to the graphics card, the 5770 seems appropriate. But, I think matlab can make use of the cuda computational capabilities of Nvidia cards. If so, you might consider using a GTX450 or GTX460 which are equivalent cards but hace CUDA capabilities.

Regardless, You might want to consider a micro-atx, or even a mini itx motherboard and case. The motherboards are smaller and cheaper. They also fit onto a smaller case which is good for a college environment.
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November 30, 2010 9:37:18 PM

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January 9
Thought it was the 5th? oh well, same thing...
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As to the graphics card, the 5770 seems appropriate. But, I think matlab can make use of the cuda computational capabilities of Nvidia cards. If so, you might consider using a GTX450 or GTX460 which are equivalent cards but hace CUDA capabilities.
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November 30, 2010 9:40:33 PM

As I understand it announce/launch is Jan 5, availability at retail is Jan 9.
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November 30, 2010 10:12:52 PM

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As I understand it announce/launch is Jan 5, availability at retail is Jan 9.
I was thinking it wouldb e a few days before it would be available.... I wonder if review companies will get it on the 5th or 9th?
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November 30, 2010 11:22:44 PM

Atotalnoob said:
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As I understand it announce/launch is Jan 5, availability at retail is Jan 9.
I was thinking it wouldb e a few days before it would be available.... I wonder if review companies will get it on the 5th or 9th?

As I recall, nehalem reviews showed up some time before availability.
In the mean time, here is the only really good review I know of with a engineering sample chip:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/3871/the-sandy-bridge-pre...
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December 4, 2010 2:49:57 PM

geofelt said:
I think matlab can make use of the cuda computational capabilities of Nvidia cards. If so, you might consider using a GTX450 or GTX460 which are equivalent cards but have CUDA capabilities.


Yes, there are several options for GPU computing in matlab. I use the Jacket software by AccelerEyes and get over 10X speedups on my code. I think Jacket's approach is much better than the MathWorks own approach. AccelerEyes posts some information about the comparison on their website, http://www.accelereyes.com/products/compare
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