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[New Build] Help for Throughput Performance – Not Gaming

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March 9, 2012 5:33:15 PM

Primarily looking for recommendations on Mobo and GPU however other input/recommendations will be most appreciated!

Approximate Purchase Date: During March

Budget Range: 1,000 -1,200

System Usage: Have a single threaded custom data analysis application continually processing algorithms, and reading and writing to a database. A complete data analysis run takes 12 hours on a laptop with an i5-2410M so I am trying to reduce that time. Normally run one instance of the application however on occasion may run multiple instances and/ or perform some development work.

Will also be used for web surfing. Will not be used for gaming, CAD, video editing, etc hence no need for a high end video card.

My key objective is to increase throughput performance and decrease total elapsed time to complete a data analysis run. Since I intend to overclock, cooling will be important all the while trying keep the noise down.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, webcam, speakers, HDD

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No preference – Canadian and US suppliers

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences:
CPU: Intel i5 2500K

Mobo – recommendation required

Fan – looking at CORSAIR CAFA70 $33 or COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO $35

RAM - CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB CML8GX3M2A1600C9 $48

GPU - recommendation required

PSU XFX 750W PRO750W Core Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 62A $120

ODD: LG DVD Burner 24X GH24NS70 - $19

SSD: 120 Gb SSD as main drive - Crucial SSD CT128M4SSD2 128GB m4 $170

Case: Antec Three Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower $70 or COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 $65. The second can take 200mm fans which I assume might be quieter?

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: Need to support Dual Monitors 1) 1920x1080 2) 1920x1200

Additional Comments: As much as possible, a quiet setup.
March 9, 2012 6:42:28 PM

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Fan – looking at CORSAIR CAFA70 $33 or COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO $35


I'd go with the Evo myself - the heat sink used on the A70 is top quality but the fans that Corsair includes are not - the Evo has a quality heat sink and a well constructed fan on top of that.

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Case: Antec Three Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower $70 or COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 $65. The second can take 200mm fans which I assume might be quieter?


Actually both can take 200 mm fans - and both are well constructed cases. I like the HAF slightly better than the 300 V2, but you really can't go wrong either way. Alternately in that price range check out the 100 as it has better cable management and a black interior as opposed to metal:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

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Mobo – recommendation required
GPU - recommendation required


This depends on how much you want to spend. This right now is the reigning champ of price / performance motherboards:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Alternately I'd suggest this: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

As for GPU that depends on how much you want to spend as well - if you want a good lower end GPU I'd suggest a Radeon 6870:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

If you want a good mid range one I'd suggest this: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
March 9, 2012 7:32:38 PM

g-unit1111 - thanks for the quick reply!

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now is the reigning champ of price / performance motherboards


The reviews on this ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 appear quite good from an ease of overclocking support whereas there appear to be a lot more issues with the alternate GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 suggestion.

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good lower end GPU I'd suggest a Radeon 6870:


I suspect that given my lack of video display needs that something like this Radeon would suffice. Both are quiet from reviewers comments. What would the advantage be in going with the alternate EVGA 02G-P3-1568-KR GeForce GTX 560 - it seems like it would be excessive for my situation or are there other things to consider?
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March 9, 2012 8:08:35 PM

I believe the 560 can't do multi monitor unless its in SLI unless im mistaken
March 9, 2012 8:34:20 PM

polishboy1098 said:
I believe the 560 can't do multi monitor unless its in SLI unless im mistaken


Most NVIDIA cards are rated up to 2 x monitors per card - only the Radeons allow for 3 or more, at the most you won't need beyond two but if you do then you will have to go SLI or a Radeon.

I think there's a couple models like EVGA's 448 core version that will allow for 3 or more but I'm not entirely sure about that.

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The reviews on this ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 appear quite good from an ease of overclocking support whereas there appear to be a lot more issues with the alternate GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 suggestion.


I use the UD3P and I'm aware of the boot loop issue that exists but for the most part I've never had a single issue with my board and I've had it almost a year now.
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