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Workstation build

Last response: in Systems
November 6, 2012 3:40:22 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Two months. Yes, this will be my Christmas present :-)

Budget Range: I am aiming at $1200 before taxes/shipping/rebates (other than instant rebates). Less is better, but I am not very price sensitive. Given a good reason, I can go higher.

System Usage from Most to Least Important:

- Altium (CAD)
- SolidWorks (CAD)
- Xilinx ISE (CAD)
- Photoshop
- WRF (weather forecasting tool, MAJOR number cruncher)
- VMWare
- browsing, email, etc.
- Lightworks (video)
- light gaming, if any.

(ordering is approximate at best)

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: CPU, RAM, case, power supply, HDDs, CPU cooler, OS.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Location: California

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe. Not sure if I need it... probably not.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments:

I would like the PC to be quiet. Not "home theater" quiet, but quieter than a typical desktop/workstation.

RAID1 has saved my backside in the past and I intend to continue using it. Two different HDDs from different manufacturers - bad batches do happen.

Stability and reliability are pretty important to me. I am not planning to overclock anything. ECC RAM. Oversized CPU cooler. Did I mention RAID?

For now, I am planning to stick to the onboard (or rather on-CPU) video. If this proves inadequate, I can always add a decent video card later.

Here is the setup I have in mind. All prices are from Newegg, except the power supply.
- CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1245 V2 ($294.99)
- Motherboard: ASUS P8C WS ($239.99)
- RAM: 2 x Kingston 4GB Model KVR16E11/4 ($55.98)
- HDDs:
- Western Digital WD AV-GP WD10EURX 1TB IntelliPower SATA 6.0Gb/s ($99.99)
- Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s ($79.99)
- CPU cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 ($29.99)
- Case: Antec Performance One Series P183 V3 ($139.99)
- Power supply: Antec CP-850 850W ($149.95)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit ($99.99)

I think I would prefer Supermicro X9SAE-V motherboard instead of the ASUS one - if I could only find it in stock anywhere...

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Old PC is six years old.

Comments? Opinions? Advice?


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November 6, 2012 7:58:34 PM

Thanks! I did consider the Xeon E3-1230 V2. The problem is, it does not have integrated graphics. That's probably what accounts for most of the $50, rather than the difference in max frequency.