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September 22, 2011 3:26:48 PM

Hi,

I would like to have opinions about this build setup:

I'm a heavy System Administrator and I need to always multitask. I setuped this desktop to allow 4 monitors multiscreen. It's been years since I last built a computer and I'm a bit outsync with the latest trend and technology.


My Objective are mainly:
- Fast computer for application *no gaming*.
- Open application fast
- Can sustain many applications open without lagging and transfert between ram and CPU to be very efficient to allow application to exchange data as fast as possible.
- Can support efficiently Virtualization (VirtualBox, VMWare server, VMWare workstation) as smoothly as possible.
- I'm targetting as cheap as possible while achieving the objective.


Here is the component I choose:

Motherboard
ASUS P8P67 B3 $189.00
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=63761&vpn=P8P67%20PRO%20R...

CPU
Intel Core i7-2600 3.40 GHz $299.00
http://www.tigerdirect.ca

RAM
G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-17000CL11D-8GBXL 8GB $89.00
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=61213&vpn=F3-17000CL11D-8...

HDD
Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5IN SATA3 Sandforce SF-2281 SSD $159.00 OS
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=62873&vpn=MKNSSDCR120GB&m...

Seagate Barracuda XT 7200.12 2TB SATA 6.0GB $139.98 STORAGE
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=44639&vpn=ST32000641AS&ma...

Video Card
1x EVGA 01G-P3-1526-KR GeForce GT 520 Video Card - 1GB, DDR3, PCI-Express 2.0 (x16) $60.99
1x EVGA 01G-P3-1526-KR GeForce GT 520 Video Card - 1GB, DDR3, PCI-Express 2.0 (x16) $60.99

Chassis and PSU & Accessories
Corsair Graphite Series 600T ATX Mid-Tower Case $124.00
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=38650&vpn=CMPSU-850HX&man...

Corsair HX850W 850w Modular Power Supply - Single Rail, 80 Plus Silver $149 http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Lian Li HD-321 Internal 3.5IN to 2X2.5IN HDD/SSD Mounting Kit 10.99
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=46703&vpn=HD-321&manufact...


Total: $1,281.95
a b B Homebuilt system
September 22, 2011 3:51:25 PM

looks good. the 850W PSU is overkill for a pair of 520s.

You should be fine on this build with a 350-450W PSU.
September 22, 2011 3:59:19 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
looks good. the 850W PSU is overkill for a pair of 520s.

You should be fine on this build with a 300-400W PSU.



I intend to add 2-3 storage drive over time and maybe a better video card if I intend to do gaming later. I was thinking as maybe a WHDI enabled video card.

Total 3x video card *2 small and one bigger*
Total 4-5 HDD in the future


I was looking for review on the PSU and the only one that seems to be very good for a decent price was this 850W. Most Antec had bad review.


But 850W cost much more than lower watt PSU so if you can suggest me a better choice, I'm up to it :) 
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 22, 2011 5:23:21 PM

toordog said:
I intend to add 2-3 storage drive over time and maybe a better video card if I intend to do gaming later. I was thinking as maybe a WHDI enabled video card.

Total 3x video card *2 small and one bigger*
Total 4-5 HDD in the future


I was looking for review on the PSU and the only one that seems to be very good for a decent price was this 850W. Most Antec had bad review.


But 850W cost much more than lower watt PSU so if you can suggest me a better choice, I'm up to it :) 



why the mixed GPU? for SLI/Crossfire to work, all cards have to be the same chipset (a GT520 won't SLI with a GTX560ti for example), although a single lesser NVidia card can be used for PhysX.

Assuming you stick with just the pair of 520s for multiple monitors, even with the large number of hard drives, any of these PSU's should be fine:

Antec Earthwatts 380W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Xigmatek 400W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair 430W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX 450W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

All of them can drive HD6850/6870 or GTX560/560ti cards at stock values
September 22, 2011 5:28:25 PM

For the GPU, I just been for the cheapest. I didn't plan to use SLI because, I think it support only one monitor when enabled.

Solution that support 4 monitors on one GPU usually start around 350-400$ instead of 130$ for 2x gt520. I didn't lookup much than that for the GPU. If you have a better option, i'm interested.
a b B Homebuilt system
September 22, 2011 5:33:42 PM

it is true that 4 monitors will need 2 GPUs of any sort. but *any* GPU that can SLi/Crossfire will do so. AMD can manage 3 monitors at 5670+ or 6670+, with their very top end (59xx 69xx) able to handle 6 on a single gpu

Nvidia can handle 2 monitors per GPU, with 3 per at top end.

rather than the 2x 520s, I'd suggest 2x HD5670 @ $75 each. combined they'll have about the GPU power of a HD 6870. and would still need only the circa 400W PSUs I recommended above
September 22, 2011 5:39:33 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
it is true that 4 monitors will need 2 GPUs of any sort. but *any* GPU that can SLi/Crossfire will do so. AMD can manage 3 monitors at 5670+ or 6670+, with their very top end (59xx 69xx) able to handle 6 on a single gpu

Nvidia can handle 2 monitors per GPU, with 3 per at top end.

rather than the 2x 520s, I'd suggest 2x HD5670 @ $75 each. combined they'll have about the GPU power of a HD 6870. and would still need only the circa 400W PSUs I recommended above



HD5670 is ATI right? I don't know if it has improved, but back in time ATI had very big driver issue and glitch in their code. Still back in time, I decided to stick with NVidia chipset and drivers and to avoid ATI.

a b B Homebuilt system
September 22, 2011 10:58:49 PM

will you be running Linux or Windows?

AMD had done a good job with drivers even in Linux lately
September 23, 2011 12:20:11 AM

ScrewySqrl said:
will you be running Linux or Windows?

AMD had done a good job with drivers even in Linux lately



Probably both. But mainly Windows. I will prefer to emulate Linux which is lighter than the oposite, emulate windows in Linux.


a b B Homebuilt system
September 23, 2011 8:30:07 AM

then no problem with drivers at ALL.
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