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Workstation build for $800-$1,000 - First time builder

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November 15, 2012 7:00:26 AM

Need a dual monitor workstation and would like to futureproof it somewhat.

Approximate Purchase Date: By the end of 2012

Budget Range: $800-1,000 After Rebates and Shipping/tax

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Office Workstation; web browsing.

Are you buying a monitor: No
Current Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050 (Dell Ultrasharp 2007WFP) and 1440x900 (Dell Ultrasharp 1908WFP)

Do you need to buy OS: Yes; Windows 7 Pro? Windows 8 Pro? (Currently have Windows XP Pro)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Live in CA, so would prefer out of state to avoid tax

Location: San Francisco, CA

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU; no other preferences

Overclocking: Probably not
Crossfire: No

Additional Comments: Primarily use MS Office and SPSS; have optical drive (HLDS GSA-H73N) that I can use.

Reason for Upgrading: Current computer (Dell Optiplex 755; 4GB RAM; Windows XP Pro) is slow.

Have been reading various build reports and was thinking of something along the lines of...

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nNBg

Would welcome any and all input into suggested changes.

Thx.
November 15, 2012 7:07:43 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A8-5600K 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($81.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($26.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($100.49 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.65 @ Compuvest)
Total: $454.07
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-15 04:53 EST-0500)

This would be better.
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November 15, 2012 7:17:55 AM

Okay
Thats a bit wrong
Here's more rational build

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($95.41 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($268.00 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 560W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($135.71 @ Newegg)
Total: $1016.63
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-15 04:16 EST-0500)
But that's is kinda monster gaming machine, not sure why you need this gpu
PSU is kinda expensive but it will last
Overall, you're saying you need office machine, and AMD build would be ALOT cheaper and more reasoneable
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November 15, 2012 7:28:56 AM

Hi cutebeans,

thx. for your prompt response.

I have only ever had Intel CPUs, so that is what I am familiar with. My current computer has the E6750 Core 2 Duo CPU @ 2.66Ghz; is the AMD CPU going to be significantly faster than what i currently have?

A few questions:
1. why the Samsung 830 and not the Samsung 840?
2. No discrete video card; why is that? I actually have a Sapphiire HD 5670 video card in my current machine to be able to run the two monitors.
3. Any recommendations on operating system?

I would really like a snappy system that will last me for a few years. My current machine is from 2008; I think, so about 4 years old.

thx.

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November 15, 2012 7:32:53 AM

Win8, it's the same as Win7 in games and applications, except Win7 is much more stable and win8 has number of flaws. Here http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/windows-8-gaming-performa...
Because you said it's office machine, not gaming, so why you need discrete?
830 series is reliable and not not faulty as the other ssds
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November 15, 2012 7:43:41 AM

Hi the 830 is the better SSD than the 840. Don't ask me why. Ask Samsung Lol.

I made a mistake on the build, it was an old Llano which has been replaced by the new AMD Apu which is Trinity.

The Trinity isn't really a CPU. It's a CPU and a GPU at the same time. That's why it's ideal for office work and entertainment stuff. It's cheap and doesn't drink too much electricity.

Trinity supports dual monitors as long as the motherboard can support it.

I would get this. You don't need that expensive build for office work.
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November 15, 2012 7:59:39 AM

Thx.

And, do I need a CPU cooler?
What sound card would you recommend? edit: actually, with this motherboard i don't need one; is that right?

Sorry for the 100 and 1 questions; I am new to this.
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November 15, 2012 8:27:54 AM

You can use cooler that comes with CPU it's fine.
For office PC you don't need Sound Card.
plus bronze PSU will serve better.
APUs need faster memory.
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nNSg
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nNSg/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nNSg/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4 ATX FM2 Motherboard ($86.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 750GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($95.60 @ Mac Connection)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($50.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 400W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $655.50
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-15 05:26 EST-0500)

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November 15, 2012 8:59:05 AM

dpcsf said:
Thx.

And, do I need a CPU cooler?
What sound card would you recommend? edit: actually, with this motherboard i don't need one; is that right?

Sorry for the 100 and 1 questions; I am new to this.


No problems :) 

You don't need a cooler because it comes with its own. Yes you're right the mobo does have one.
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November 16, 2012 3:05:55 AM

For the SSD; there are 3 Samsung 830 128GB drive; which one should I get?

Samsung MZ-7PC128B/WW $100.49
Samsung MZ-7PC128D/AM $109.99
Samsung MZ-7PC128N/AM $117.96

Are these basically all the same; or is there some difference? If so, what is it?

Thx.
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November 16, 2012 3:14:45 AM

if it is just a normal everyday use workstation then go for AMD no need to spend over $800 unless you will be spending quite a bit of time on some games.

if it is more hardcore workstation(like photoshop video editing and of that sort) get a FX series CPU

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($199.98 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.29 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($77.95 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP900 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($66.27 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($33.99 @ Mac Mall)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $905.41
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-16 00:22 EST-0500)
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