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New build for work under 1k - opinions welcome!

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May 9, 2011 7:43:57 PM

Hello,
I just realized I need a new machine for work.
It would be a PC that requires multiple programs running (e.g., office, to imageJ, to LabVIEW, and stats programs).
I am trying to keep it under $1K USD.

No OC needed.

Several restrictions -

I would like to setup RAID 1 for the data drives - so perhaps 1SSD system drive (80GB for all the software we use) plus 2 HD data drives?

I would like to maximize quality as machine performance and reliability are paramount.
(have had bad experience with Seagate HDs for example, would like to avoid those if possible)

Video card - small amounts of GPU memory are required, (at least 512MB), for image analysis and GUI design for LabVIEW
The Case - I am finding Lian-Li 7FN to be a fantastic case - silent, light, simple, yet very user friendly and high quality, so I would like to keep it in the list if possible.

Perhaps a different MoBo, CPU or PSU? (I went with a modular PSU, which is more expensive).

No OS or programs needed - University takes care of that.


2x Rosewill 18" Serial ATA Black Flat Cable $7.98 ($3.99 each)

1x LG CD/DVD Burner Black IDE Model GH22LP21 LightScribe Support $21.99

1x LIAN LI PC-7FN Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $119.99

2x Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 7200 RPM $120

1x Galaxy 43GGS8HX3SPZ GeForce GT 430 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 $69.99

1x CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-650HX 650W 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply $119.99

1x Rosewill RCR-IC001 40-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader w/ USB Port / Extra Silver Face Plate

1x StarTech 2 Port Native PCI Express RS232 Serial Adapter Card with 16950 UART $43.99

1x G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) $79.99

1x ASUS P8P67 LE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $134.99

1x Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 $189.99

1x Corsair Force 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $164.99

Subtotal: $1,028.87
shipping $24.03
Total --- $1,052.90

Any ideas or substitutions to bring the total under 1k would be most welcome!
Thanks in advance!!

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May 9, 2011 8:37:04 PM
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May 9, 2011 8:59:53 PM

Thanks for the input!
I had not seen that combo, good call!

Do need the extra SATA cables (I think MoBo comes with 2, so I need an extra 2).

The RS 232 adapter - many devices still use RS 232 I/O - magnetometers,etc. So need to communicate with them..

I keep reading about Samsung HD that they are less reliable than WD. Thanks for the info though, will look at them!

Also, good call on the CD/DVD, had just put the list together without a close inspection for these minor components!
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May 9, 2011 9:05:28 PM

Samsung F3 is better than WD and equally reliable IMO, that WD is old technology.

From the newegg pic the mobo comes with 4 SATA cables but you can get more at any PC shop if needed.
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May 10, 2011 1:01:31 AM

Cool, thanks!
I will Def. look into F3 Spinpoints (Any thoughts on the F4?).
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May 20, 2011 1:21:21 PM

Best answer selected by Selas.
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