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Battlefield 3 + Workstation for engineer, $1700 - $2200

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October 6, 2011 6:31:26 AM

I'm building a computer for both work and play for about $1700 - $2200 , not including monitors, speakers, optical drives, keyboard, mouse. Purchasing any day now.

For work, as a software engineer:

Adobe CS5, Eclipse, lots of up/downloading with servers, tons and tons of windows and programs open. No video editing.

For play:

Battlefield 3, Starcraft II, GTA 5 (?!), nearly maxed out settings for all the games. Plus music and movies.


The build:

Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced $160
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel i7 2600k $315
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 580 $490
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Gen 3 $200
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2x4GB) $52
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB (x2) $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: Crucial M4 128GB $198
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Corsair TX750 Bronze $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU fan: Zalman Extreme $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitors: dual 27" 1920x1080 HDMI or DVI monitors that I haven't picked out yet.

Grand total: $1,825


The plan:

i7 and GTX 580 cuz I'm smart, a few less than premium choices (PSU, motherboard) cuz I'm cheap.

Dual boot Ubuntu and Windows 7. 1 hard drive dedicated to Ubuntu, work programming, etc. The other hard drive for Windows 7 use. SSD to hold Windows 7, and Photoshop scratch drive. Does that sound like the best dual booting set up with 2 HDDs and 1 SSD?

The Windows 7 Home Premium vs Professional specs lean me to get Home Premium. Are there any huge downsides?

I want my dual monitor setup to be flawless, so is there any issue with my pick of GPU and motherboard working with dual 27" 1920x1080 monitors? Suggestions on specific monitors?


Thank you all. I appreciate your time and knowledge!

Andirk
October 6, 2011 2:34:51 PM

andirk said:
I'm building a computer for both work and play for about $1700 - $2200 , not including monitors, speakers, optical drives, keyboard, mouse. Purchasing any day now.

For work, as a software engineer:

Adobe CS5, Eclipse, lots of up/downloading with servers, tons and tons of windows and programs open. No video editing.

For play:

Battlefield 3, Starcraft II, GTA 5 (?!), nearly maxed out settings for all the games. Plus music and movies.


The build:

Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced $160
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel i7 2600k $315
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 580 $490
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Gen 3 $200
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2x4GB) $52
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB (x2) $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: Crucial M4 128GB $198
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Corsair TX750 Bronze $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU fan: Zalman Extreme $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitors: dual 27" 1920x1080 HDMI or DVI monitors that I haven't picked out yet.

Grand total: $1,825


The plan:

i7 and GTX 580 cuz I'm smart, a few less than premium choices (PSU, motherboard) cuz I'm cheap.

Dual boot Ubuntu and Windows 7. 1 hard drive dedicated to Ubuntu, work programming, etc. The other hard drive for Windows 7 use. SSD to hold Windows 7, and Photoshop scratch drive. Does that sound like the best dual booting set up with 2 HDDs and 1 SSD?

The Windows 7 Home Premium vs Professional specs lean me to get Home Premium. Are there any huge downsides?

I want my dual monitor setup to be flawless, so is there any issue with my pick of GPU and motherboard working with dual 27" 1920x1080 monitors? Suggestions on specific monitors?


Thank you all. I appreciate your time and knowledge!

Andirk

for 40$ more you can sli those 580's in the future- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (worth it)

for 6$ more you can get the best cpu cooler on the market- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (worth it)
October 6, 2011 6:37:13 PM

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RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2x4GB) $52
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231428

You might be in one of those rare situations where 16GB of RAM actually helps.
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October 7, 2011 1:41:45 AM

16 gigs of RAM and ability to sli that 580 for future proofing. ALSO, I suggest you wait a few days for bulldozer to come out as it has 8 physical cores rather than 8 logical cores and SHOULD (theortically) be better than i7 2600k. Also, switching to AMD would give you future CPU upgrade options while with the intel i7, you'd be limited at what you buy then which will be outdated in about 2 years.
October 7, 2011 3:49:51 AM

whens bulldover out?
October 7, 2011 6:25:15 AM

supposed...
October 7, 2011 7:16:29 AM

i was simply mentioning how long its been put off
October 7, 2011 7:44:07 AM

For all my general AMD Bulldozer information, I have found a wealth of information at http://lmgtfy.com/?q=amd+bulldozer

And as far as builds, my discussion topic is about how THESE parts work together within a certain price point. I am definitely going i7 + GTX 580, and I'm looking for specific suggestions on the build I have created above.

Yes, I am skimping on PSU and halving the RAM, and I will take into consideration enhancing those picks. Thank you for those suggestions.
October 12, 2011 4:47:58 AM

OK, so a good PSU is definitely necessary from what you guys are saying. but WHY?! I don't understand. I just want one that will last me about a year or 2 before I go SLI and get a better one to feed my two graphics cards!! Thanks
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