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September 7, 2012 2:42:00 AM

Hello, got some great help here a few years ago for a quad monitor online poker machine, but now I'm looking to buy all new again and very much lost. Looking to spend up to $1,200 and focusing on fast disk + lots of ram.


Approximate Purchase Date:
< 1 week.

Budget Range:
900-1200 (after rebates, before shipping)

System Usage from Most to Least Important:
Data analysis, web development, gaming.

Are you buying a monitor:
No

Parts to Upgrade:
Everything but keyboard/mouse.

Do you need to buy OS:
No.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
Newegg, Amazon

Location:
SF Bay Area (Sunnyvale, CA USA)

Parts Preferences:
Prefer Nvidia (linux compat)
120GB+ SSD for OS
16GB ram.
Needs wifi card.
Quiet is great, but not a necessity.

Overclocking:
No

SLI or Crossfire:
No

Your Monitor Resolution:
Dual @ 1920x1080
Support for: Single 2560x1440 27" (considering this upgrade)

Additional Comments:
Will be dual booting with different needs:
Win7/8 - Starcraft 2, Dota 2, and the occasional Steam games. I don't need to max out graphics on the latest games.
Linux - Heavy database and in memory operations, 16GB minimum but would prefer option to increase to 32GB later.


And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading:
Old machine repurposed as a Vmware ESXI host, need a new development machine and want to play Dota 2 choppy-free.


Thanks!

More about : dev gaming 900 1200

September 7, 2012 3:01:05 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($314.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock B75 PRO3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti 2GB Video Card ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DX 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec DF-10 ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Antec 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($53.94 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1015.38
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-06 22:59 EDT-0400)

Don't know if that will help. Not really good at this stuff.

And I forgot some things and added some by mistake . . . ?
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September 7, 2012 5:23:23 AM

Someone please get in here and correct my build :(  I have no clue if I'm wrong and it is tearing at me, limb from limb.
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September 7, 2012 8:34:51 AM

Shop Amazon and avoid paying sales tax. This build includes an Nvidia GTX 660 ti with 3GB of VRAM so as to handle those high resolutions. It also includes an i7 Ivy Bridge for hyper threading. If your aps don't utilize hyper threading than it's easy enough to cut this build by $125+ with an i5 cpu.


http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-300R-Mid-Tower-Ga... $69.88 + $0.00 shipping
Corsair Carbide Series 300R Mid-Tower Gaming Case - CC-9011014-WW

http://www.amazon.com/XFX-ATX-550-Power-Supply/dp/B004R... $65.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
XFX ATX 550 Power Supply - P1550SXXB9

http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-P8H77-V-1155-Intel-Motherboa... $122.90 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
ASUS P8H77-V LE LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Core-i7-3770-Quad-Core-Proc... $289.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Intel Core i7-3770 Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 4 Core LGA 1155 - BX80637I73770

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-Profile-1600mhz... $86.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair 16 GB Vengeance Low Profile 1600mhz PC3-12800 240-pin Dual Channel DDR3 Memory Kit 16 Dual Channel Kit - CML16GX3M4A1600C9

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-SH-222BB-BEBE-Internal-So... $20.67 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE 22X SATA DVDRW Internal Drive (Black), Bulk without Software

http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Intern... $79.14 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003

http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-2-5-Inch-Solid-SDSSDP-128... $89.95 + $0.00 shipping
SanDisk 128 GB 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive (SDSSDP-128G- G25)

http://www.amazon.com/Galaxy-GeForce-Express-Graphics-6... $339.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Galaxy GeForce GTX 660 Ti GC 3 GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 DVI/DVI/HDMI/DP SLI Ready Graphics Card, 66NNH7DV6WXZ Graphics Cards 66NNH7DV6WXZ

http://www.amazon.com/TP-Link-TL-WN951N-300Mbps-Wireles... $32.45 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
TP-Link TL-WN951N 300Mbps Wireless N PCI Adapter

Total: $1,197.91


http://www.corsair.com/carbide-series-300r-compact-pc-g... <----- another look at that Corsair 300R

http://usa.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8H7... <----- another look at that Asus board along with a link to the latest bios update
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September 7, 2012 9:09:11 AM

Thanks!

I've made some changes, but not sure if they still work together:
1. Added wireless adapter.
2. Removed duplicate optical drive.
3. Changed the case.
4. Switched to 32GB ram.
5. Removed sound card (don't think I need that).
6. Upgrade 1tb drive to 2tb.

In particular I'm worried the ram type isn't right for the chipset/mobo? It would be fantastic to get 32gb in there so I can run a full web stack (4 x 4gb ram virtual machines) in the background. Also not sure how 3770K compares to 3770 in processor?

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/gN5l
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/gN5l/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/gN5l/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($314.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B75 PRO3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti 2GB Video Card ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout ATX Mid Tower Case ($66.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Antec 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Other: ASUS PCE-N15 Wireless Adapter ($29.00)
Total: $1049.46
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-07 05:04 EDT-0400)
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September 7, 2012 9:12:13 AM

Thanks Why_Me...I only have a week before Amazon starts permanently charging CA sales tax on Sept 15. The joy ride is coming to end there.
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