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    Spinpoint F3 1 TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&cm_re=spintpoint_F3-_-22-152-185-_-Product ~ 69.99
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    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=N82E16824236059&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3463938&SID= ~ 189.99
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    It is fine... but a bit expensive, an Antec 300 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066 ~ 69.99 would be better....
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    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=N82E16820231278&cm_re=G.skill-_-20-231-278-_-Product ~ 77.99


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    Not a good PSU... any of these would be better...
    Antec Earthware 750 watt http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371026&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3463938&SID= ~84.99

    Antec TruePower 650 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371021&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3463938&SID= ~ 69.99
    XFX 650 watt http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207002&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3463938&SID= ~ 89.99
    CORSAIR 650 watt http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3463938&SID= ~ 89.99
  2. 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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    Save the money on the ram for a better GPU ( you will need it @ 1080 rez )
    +1....

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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..
  4. 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.
  5. What is the most demanding usage for this PC?

    If it is for gaming, strengthen the graphics card.
  6. geofelt said:
    What is the most demanding usage for this PC?

    If it is for gaming, strengthen the graphics card.


    +1
  7. 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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    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
  9. 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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    ChE = Chemical Engineer - I'm a student, of course.
    I knew you were a student, yuou said above...

    Sounds cool...!
  11. 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=N82E16819115219 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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    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.
    +1
  13. As I understand it announce/launch is Jan 5, availability at retail is Jan 9.
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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?
  15. 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-preview-three-wins-in-a-row
  16. 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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