New system for business

First of all, thanks to everyone on this site - it has helped tremendously.

Approximate Purchase Date: this week or weekend

Budget Range: 1500-2000+if the need arises, as I am expensing it through my Biz), if can get rebates to lower the price, that’s great

System Usage from Most to Least Important: running custom Financial software with multiple windows, on dual 21” LCD monitors, quite graphical intense and speed is important due to real-time graphing of dozens of stocks (I will be adding 2 additional monitors in the spring of 2011 for a total of 4), surfing the net with dozens of tabs open, running both IE and firefox simultaneously, while multi-tasking with other programs like CS5 or MS Office, HD video editing, movie/music ripping, music, email,etc

Parts Not Required: None. Need everything

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: will be shopping at tigerdirect as I will be going to the actual store and not ordering online.

Country of Origin: Toronto, Canada

Parts Preferences: Good stuff, which I think I've selected below. I don't have any brand loyalties really. But I do want an Intel CPU i7 1366 - see below

Overclocking: Probably not

SLI or Crossfire: Yes SLI, unless Crossfire is recommended

Monitor Resolution: Dual 1920 x 1080 - 1920x1200 (all depends how it looks on dual 21”)

Additional Comments: Don't need anything fancy like LEDs or whatever, just want speed, reliability, upgradeability. And to run as cool as possible as I will be running 3 of these systems in my home office.

Based on my reading on this site, my proposed parts list is as follows, however I’m totally open to better recommendations as this is just an example of something that I quickly put together


CPU: Intel or


HSF: XIGMATEK or something similar


RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9T-12GBRL or

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

OS/APP HDD: Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS 300GB 10000 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM or a 500GB version

Storage HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive or a 2TB version

DVD: SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223L LightScribe Support - OEM

BD-ROM: Sony Optiarc Black 2X BD-ROM SATA Model BR-5100S - OEM

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case or a better one for cooling

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

Please let me know if I have incompatible, insufficient, overkill, incomplete, or unreliable parts. Thanks for your help. - Jeff
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  1. Looks ok to me for your OS HDD i would actuly go with an SSD instead of 10k drive

    also just personal preference but i would go AMD better value for money i am a graphic designer and run cs5 a lot no probs
    hear are my specs

    Windows 7 ultimate 64bit

    AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 965 Processor Black adition
    Architecture 64-bit
    Internal Clock 3.4 GHz
    Internal Clock Maximum 3.4 GHz
    External Clock 200.0 MHz

    ATI Radeon HD 5850
    Total Local Video Memory 1.00 GB
    Total Local Texture Memory 1.00 GB
    AGP Aperture Size 1.75 GB

    4 X 2.00GB DDR3
    Frequency 1333 MHz
    Manufacturer kingston
    Enabled Size 2.00 GB
    Total Bit Width 64 b
    Data Bit Width 64 b

    OCZ-VERTEX2 ATA Device (111 GB, IDE)

    Supported Slot Types PCI, PCI Express
    Manufacturer Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
    Model GA-MA790FXT-UD5P

    850w silverstone
  2. Hey guys thanks a lot for the recommendations, just wondering why you recommend a solid state hd instead? Stability and speed?? havent really looked into them really.
    Thanks again
  3. 1) I highly recommend a SSD for the OS and app drive. 80gb to 128gb should be about right. It makes everything you do feel so much quicker.

    2) For high levels of multitasking, and CS5, lots of ram is good. Ram is relatively cheap today. 12gb is good. A 3 x 4gb kit is better than filling up all the slots. Do not pay much extra for faster speeds or better timings. It is not worth it. The impact on real application performance os perhaps 1-3%. Do not be seduced by wonderful synthetic ram performance numbers.

    3) I might look into a newer generation Nvidia card, like the GTS450. They are built on the 40nm process, and should run cooler and quieter. I think Nvidia might be best because your CS5 app can make use of Nvidia CUDA(not an expert there, but check it out)

    4) Are you near a microcenter? They have i7-950 for $200.

    5) Is your need urgent? Sandy bridge will be available Jan 9. It will offer cpmpute power like the i7-980x at 1/3 the price. read about it here:
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