Looking for advice on a new build. It has been almost 3 years since I built a new system. I'm moving into a new office and figure it's time for something new rather than dismantle my home workstation and move it. Template is pasted below, but here are the keys for me:
1. I am a statistician and use Stata which hogs ram. 16gb is my minimum (although I'd prefer 32 if there are stable matched sets out there that are affordable).
2. A quad core processor is needed for my Stata software, but I don't need the cutting edge processor, so I'm leaning toward the Core i5 2500k.
2. I am not a gamer, so the extent of my video demands will be viewing HD video over the Internet (no editing, etc.).
Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 weeks
Budget Range: 1000-1500
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Statistical analysis, MS Office products, surfing
Parts Not Required: None--need complete build
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I love NewEgg
Parts Preferences: I'm open minded.
Overclocking: Maybe a tad, but not necessary.
SLI or Crossfire: Probably don't need it.
Monitor Resolution: I'm used to dual 24" monitors, but I'm open.
Additional Comments: See above. Thanks for all of your help!!!
RAM, 8GB is plenty but if you want you can go the 16GB route you chose. Just do 2 of the same 8GB kit. I don't think you'll need that much though since even crazy photo editors like me with huge panos do fine with 8GB.
In terms of RAM, I really do need 16GB. I work with medical claims data. STATA is fast because it loads the entire dataset that it is working on into RAM, if your dataset exceeds your available RAM, then it works off of virtual memory and crawls. I haven't had to work with a file over say 12GB, so 16GB is about right (although I'd like the mobo to be able to handle 32GB when it is fast, reliable out-of-the-box and cheap enough--let me know if we are already there).
In terms of CPU, I'm leaning toward the i5 2500K--do I get much more for the extra $80 going to the i7?
Mobo I'm a little fuzzy on the best choice
In my budget I do need a little room for keyboard, mouse, speakers.
My current build used CoolerMaster case and I've always loved it.
well that depends on whether stata can take advantage of the hyperthreading that the i7 provides. if it can then i7 would be the better choice, although i don't know whether stata is hyperthreaded or not. that is something you'll have to look into.
and if you're going for i5 2500 or i7 2600 then a z68 board will do for both. something from asus would do just fine, like the ASUS P8Z68-V LE.
and it sounds to me that you don't even need a graphics card. the integrated graphics on the i7 chip should be able to play HD youtube content fine, although if that's wrong, someone call me out on that
My Stata version is a "multi-processor" version that uses 4 cores or threads (my understanding is that they are treated the same). I suppose if I'm running it using quad cores, it probably wouldn't hurt to have >4 if I'm multitasking (I'm not sure about this though).
But as for serial suggesting the Asrock X79 Extreme4 and the i7 3820, that's beyond needed and not worth how much the cost is. A i5 2500K is fine, It's not that bad and I'm sure that it'll do calculations just fine. It's done a great job with my PS5 at least. If it's not enough power for you, you can always overclock the i5 2500K so that's another thing.
Oh and the i5 2500K has 4 threads and 4 cores so you're pretty set on that with your Stata version.
I'd have to disagree with the flimsy thing about NZXT. I've heard although they don't use as much steel as other companies. NZXT's cases are just as good. The 600T is definitely overpriced on Corsair's part.