New Sandy Bridge Build (1500k) - Software Development

I really need guidance on this, I'm a software guy and not a hardware expert, I can't afford a high end workstation for my home development, therefore, looking for guidance in building the best desktop development machine possible for 1500k.

Approximate Purchase Date: (e.g.: next week)

Budget Range: (1500k)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: the main purpose of the system is to serve as a home software development environment (including server components (see below))

- (software development (java,xml, xslt eclipse), development environment running application J2EE server (JBoss, Oracle WebLogic), running SQL Server))
- (software use: dreamweaver, Flex/Flash development, fireworks, occaisonal photoshop)
- potentially VMWare ( Runnin one instance at a time, which would include the J2EE Server)
- (general use, amateur trader, microsoft office, web browsing, love music (sound is important) & video watching)
- (very little gaming, not important)

Parts Not Required: (keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (

Country of Origin: (Canada)

Parts Preferences:

So far this is what I have as a build:

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K

SSD - 120GB - OCZ Agility 2 OCZSSD2-2AGT100G 2.5" 100GB SATA II MLC [...] 6820227590

Memory [...] 6820231311 $89.99 FREE SHIPPING $10 off w/ promo code EMCKJJJ84, ends 1/17
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL

HDD - Samsung F3 1TB
$15 off with promo code HARDOCP112C, ends 1/19 [...] 6822152185

I don't which motherboard I should be using, PSU or graphic card (always taking in consideration that I'm not a gamer)
Cheap is not what I'm looking for, quality and expandability is important.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: (1920x1200)

Additional Comments:

- needs to be a quiet workstation (office is very small)
- some of the applications I build are CPU intensive, while others are memory and I/O intensive.
- need to display on two monitors
- OS will be Windows 7 64 bit
- I would like a case that will provide future expandability

Currently using:

- a cheap ACER Pentuim Dual-Core E5200 @2.50GHz RAM (4GB) (Vista 64-bit)
- doing all the above requirements, however, very slow, and I have tons of java heap issues (rather than upgrading memory, I would rather change for a new build)
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  1. Unless you intend to overclock, you could save $100+ dollars by getting the 2500, which is only 100 Mhz lesser clocked if memory serves. Any modern GPU should run 2 monitors at your chosen resolution....
  2. I`d buy the GTX 460 but anything more than that is a waste since you are not a gamer. I`d go with the haf 922 case. Very quiet and good airflow with lots of room. Any corsair,sea sonic, antec psu over 500W should be good enough. This would be a very solid system for software development and will allow you to do some gaming, if you ever want to.
  3. 1. MoBo / CPU - Asus P8P67 Pro w/ i-2600k ($504 - Save $65)

    MoBo / CPU - Asus P8P67 Pro w/ i-2500k ($400 - Save $65)

    2. Vertex 2 over the Agility 2 and in the 3.5" form factor so ya don't have to buy an adapter

    3. Case / PSU - For professional aesthetics and super quietness, Antec P183 w/ CP-850

    The power supply resides in a separate chamber of the case to isolate heat and reduce system noise. Three-layer, sound-deadening side panels and front door dampen noise and ensure quiet computing. Case fits quieter CPX form factor PSU's and PSU is will run at half load meaning fan will almost never go on. However an EA-650 would be more than enough for your needs.

    Here's a extremely quiet fanless 400 watt model but methinks ya should go o less than 450

    The Enermax is a good, quiet PSU but at its price of $160, ya mights as well spend the $140 on the CP-850

    Dunno if any of your programs benefit from CUDA (i.e. rendering, video editing) but that would be a reason to stay w/ nVidia, if not, it's just the best bang for the buck.
  4. is the site for Canada. Go there. Selection & prices are a bit different than those on the US site. JackNaylorPE got everything I'd recommend. Vertex is hands down the minimum I'd get for a SSD. Or Intel if money is no object. Regardless, you should set your IDEs (for programming) to save every 5 mins or better yet, get a UPS that can save all work & safely shut down your pc. So you lose 0 work hours.

    For Java, more ram the merrier. 8 gigs is what I'd aim for. Especially if you run VMWARE & 64bit OS.

    Since you don't game, you can make use of the integrated graphics in the cpu. Scroll down to Graphics Specifications:

    However, this route will force you to use H67 chipset. You left out one important factor in your post: stability. Intel BOXDH67BL is a pretty stable board. Yep, it supports Turboboast.

    If you insist on P67, which is what I am running (I get my hands wet in coding once in a while in Linux as well as gaming which is the main purpose), then you need a discreet gpu. Any will do. Like this silent card:

    By expandability, do you mean upgradability? It's not really up to you or me, but Intel. This time next year I'll probably be looking at Ivy Bridge on my desk if it fits my budget & is available. LGA775 is pretty much dead in that there won't be too many new cpus. Some even say LGA1156 is dead. I think the better way to deal with this non-stop upgrading is to overhaul.
  5. JackNaylorPE said:
    1. MoBo / CPU - Asus P8P67 Pro w/ i-2600k ($504 - Save $65)

    MoBo / CPU - Asus P8P67 Pro w/ i-2500k ($400 - Save $65)

    Hey Jack,

    Just wanted to say thanks for posting those combo deals. I tend to get NCIX tunnel-vision being in Canada. Should save me $60 on my build (~$2000 SB build - now or wait for 3rd gen SSD), plus the free Civ 5 is cool!
  6. Updated build, feedback appreciated:

    MOBO / CPU Bundle - Asus P8P67 Pro w/ i5-2500k ($400 - Save $65)

    Case - Antec P183 Black Aluminum / Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    PSU - Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2
    $89.99 [...] Tpk=EA-650

    Memory - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL

    SSD - OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD3-2VTX120G 3.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

    HDD - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

    GPU (very little gaming) - ASUS EN210 SILENT/DI/512MD2(LP) GeForce 210 512MB 64-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card

    Optical Drive - ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA

    24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

    Total so far: 1087.41

    - Any other suggestions, more importantly, am i missing anything.
    - Thanks to everyone that provided their expertise.
  7. Looks good to me. If you wanted to save a bit of cash, here's another quiet case with great reviews from SPCR etc:

    Comes in various faceplate colours.

    Also if you're buying the case from NCIX, you could save a bit more by switching to this RAM (same specs as your Ripjaws except 1.65V - not as good for overclocking, but I doubt you'll OC your RAM since the 2500K has an unlocked multiplier.)

    NCIX's shipping is also $6.99 total for your order, so you might save a bit more by checking the prices of your other components there.
  8. Thanks chnathan, I checked the reviews for Fractal Design Define R3, and the case seems solid and quiet, I'm tempted to change and save.

    And a big thanks to JackNaylorPE, he got the ball rolling for me, and allowed a nice foundation to my build.

    This forum is so great, I greatly appreciate the input and guidance.

    Thanks to Sandybridge for pointing out some of the components that I was missing.
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