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New Build for Business Office ($1000-$1300)

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January 23, 2012 12:09:19 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: 2 Weeks

Budget Range: $1000-$1300

System Usage: Work computer for Office Apps + Email, 700-1000 Page PDFs, Multi-Tasking BIG, No Games, Occasional use of AutoCad, AutoDesk, PhotoShop.

Country: Canada

Monitor Resolution: I enjoy 1920X1080.

Random thoughts: Three monitor set-up. Email, excel, web is really all I use 95% of the time. This is my first build. Here's what I have in mind. I just need things to very responsive.


CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($23.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($39.99 @ Newegg)

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.86 @ Newegg)

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)

Hard Drive:Crucial RealSSD C300 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Crucial m4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($104.99 @ Newegg) + Existing 1 TB HDD

Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($187.86 @ Newegg)

Case: Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($114.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)

Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Antec 380W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($41.99 @ SuperBiiz)

Optical Drive: HP 1270i DVD/CD Writer ($24.99 @ Newegg)

Monitor: Acer S211HLbd 21.5" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer S211HLbd 21.5" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer S211HLbd 21.5" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)

Total:$1301.62 $966.76
January 23, 2012 12:15:41 AM

asrock h61 motherboard instead... overkill on the z68
i3-2100 cpu = plenty of cpu for office.
bigger ssd or add some hdd, autocad & windows wont both fit on a 64.
4gb ram is plenty, 8 is max.
ditch the video card. sandy bridge gfx will do just fine for you.
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January 23, 2012 12:32:58 AM

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Overclocking: If someone helps.


I don't think it's needed for a business PC and you certainly don't want any room for error.

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asrock h61 motherboard instead... overkill on the z68
i3-2100 cpu = plenty of cpu for office.
bigger ssd or add some hdd, autocad & windows wont both fit on a 64.
4gb ram is plenty, 8 is max.
ditch the video card. sandy bridge gfx will do just fine for you.


I'll second the recommendation of the i3-2120 and adding an HD but I don't agree with ditching the video card or cutting back on motherboard and RAM.

This is the build I use (a few parts are recycled so I'll post equivalents below) and I've been really impressed with how it turned out. I recycled a few parts (GPU, HD, RAM, PSU) to cut costs but overall it's probably been my favorite computer I've ever used.

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99
PSU: Corsair TX 750 - $104.99 (recycled)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P - $174.99
CPU: 3.30 GHz Intel Core i3-2120 - $124.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212+ - $39.99
RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 - $77.99
SSD: 64GB Crucial M4 - $104.99
HD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - $169.99
Optical: LG Black BD-R Burner - $64.99
Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 470 (recycled but card has been discontinued, substitute: EVGA Geforce GTX 550TI - $139.99
OS: Windows 7 Pro - $139.99
Monitor: Acer H243H (discontinued - substitute Hanns G SL231DPB 23" True HD Monitor) - $159.99

Total: $1287.89
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January 23, 2012 2:10:41 AM

Adjustments made including removing 6870.. Do I need to add a cheap video card to run the 3rd monitor now?
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January 23, 2012 3:18:54 AM

businesscomp said:
Adjustments made including removing 6870.. Do I need to add a cheap video card to run the 3rd monitor now?


No don't ditch the video card - that assumption is very incorrect especially if you run multiple displays. You will need at least a 6850 or 6790 for running multiple displays. Eyefinity makes setting them up a breeze and running off the built-in video won't get you the same results.

And the PSU you've chosen is *EXTREMELY* underpowered especially if you're going to be overclocking (IMO, pointless for a business build) you want at least a 600W. This would be a better choice: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 23, 2012 1:21:29 PM

I'm using my build for basically the same purpose for business.except dual monitors.
This build is beast and I love it its so fast.
I5 2500k
Cooler master hyper 212 evo
Raidmax 238wu
G skill rip jaws DDR3 2*4gb 2133 Xmp
Gigabyte z68a d3h b3(I think its called)
Raidmax hybrid 2 730ss
Ocz agility 3 60gb sad
Seagate 7200 barracuda 1tb

All from new egg.ca for $926 including 5percent tax and purolator express and ups expedited shippingto canada
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January 26, 2012 3:39:49 AM

Going to buy tomorrow. One final check.. what do you think? The three monitors don't have HDMI, what is the best/cheapest way to hook them all up?


CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg Canada)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($30.66 @ NCIX)

Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-V LE ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($132.08 @ DirectCanada)

Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($35.49 @ Newegg Canada)

Hard Drive: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.69 @ DirectCanada)

Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($179.99 @ NCIX)

Case: Cooler Master CM690 II Advanced ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg Canada)

Power Supply: OCZ 700W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX)

Optical Drive: HP 1270i DVD/CD Writer ($23.99 @ Newegg Canada)

Monitor: Acer V243HAJbd 24.0" Monitor ($164.99 @ Buy.com Canada)
Monitor: Acer V243HAJbd 24.0" Monitor ($164.99 @ Buy.com Canada)
Monitor: Acer V243HAJbd 24.0" Monitor ($164.99 @ Buy.com Canada)

Total: $1396.84
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