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$2,000 Web Developer Workstation

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September 23, 2011 3:08:03 PM

THANK YOU (in advance) FOR YOUR HELP!!! :-)

Approximate Purchase Date: Within 30 days

Budget Range: $1,500 - $2,000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Web Development (Win 7 64-bit, IIS, SQL Server 2008 Express, Visual Studio 2010), surf, listen to music, watch (stream) movies, edit photos

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: Intel, ASUS, Samsung, EVGA

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1440x900 (assuming I go with the ASUS widescreen monitors)

Additional Comments: None

MOTHERBOARD: ASRock Z68 Extreme4: LGA 1155, Intel Z68 Express

PROCESSOR: Intel Core i7-2600K: 3.4 GHz-3.8 GHz, 8 MB Cache

MEMORY: G.Skill F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM: DDR3-1600 C8, 4 GB x2 (8 GB)

SYSTEM DRIVE: Adata S511 120 GB, SATA 6Gb/s SSD

STORAGE: Samsung F3 HD103SJ 1 TB, 7200 RPM HDD

GRAPHICS: EVGA 01G-P3-1371-AR x2



POWER SUPPLY: Seasonic SS-850HT: 850W, ATX12V v2.31, 80-Plus Silver

HEAT SINK: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1

MONITORS: ASUS VW193DR Black 19" 5ms Widescreen LCD x2

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM
September 23, 2011 3:23:43 PM

For web development you don't need two GTX 460s. You're better off getting a single 450 or Radeon 6770 and putting more money toward your monitors. You want 1080p monitors, and if you get the Radeon card you could even go eyefinity and have 3 monitors :D . For web development, screen real estate is alot more useful that monstrous GPU power.
September 23, 2011 3:36:29 PM

I would have to say that the list of components looks a little bit odd for a workstation for web development.
The motherboard seems a bit excessive, and you have a massive case. Pretty much looks like a gaming PC, with the SLI Graphics and all.

Also depending on how important the photo editing part is, you might consider spending a larger chunk of the money on the monitors.
Dell U2312HM's would work great for you $310 a pop. IPS panels with great viewing angle and color accurcy.

Mobo: Asrock Z68 Extreme 3 $129.99

GPU: Gigabyte Radeon 6950 1GB $239 ( before $20 MIR )

2x Dell U2312HM IPS FullHD diplay $310 each

You get to pretty much $2000.
And if for some reason you need more juice you can get a 2nd 6950.

Just a thought anyway, maybe you do plan on doing some gaming.
September 23, 2011 4:12:13 PM

I agree with the above. SLI seems overkill. I agree with rvilkman that you'd be better of spending the money on monitors.

However, I don't think a Radeon is the best solution. Since you edit photos you may get benefit from NVidia's CUDA (assuming you use CS5). So, just drop down to a single GTX460. If you want a more powerful GPU you could get a single 560 Ti for ~$230.

Also, the HAF X seems a little excessive. You really don't need a full tower. You could get the COOLER MASTER HAF 922 for $90. Again, you could use the money for better monitors.

If you drop the SLI then you can easily go down to a Seasonic 620W modular PSU for $20 less -