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December 23, 2012 1:23:00 AM

would this be a good Workstations build?

Motherboard - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $210
CPU Cooler - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $90
CPU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $570
RAM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $140
GPU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $400
Case - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $90
SSD - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $95
HDD - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $70
Total: $1665

I might have forgotten some parts, please let me know so I can add them.

I would love some input on how I can increase this build without greatly increasing the price, the max I can afford is $2000 and that's pushing it.

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December 23, 2012 1:49:30 AM

I would pass on the Intel-made motherboards, they're not really very good and there's not much support for them.

You don't need 32gb of RAM either unless this is for a server or you're running a lot of virtual machines.

Unless you're going to OC past 4.2-4.3GHz, you don't need a high-end air cooler.

Here's a revision.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($569.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme6 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($228.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: ATI FirePro V5900 2GB Video Card ($424.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill THOR V2 ATX Full Tower Case ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1632.41
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-22 22:47 EST-0500)
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December 23, 2012 2:15:13 AM

excella1221 said:
I would pass on the Intel-made motherboards, they're not really very good and there's not much support for them.

You don't need 32gb of RAM either unless this is for a server or you're running a lot of virtual machines.

Unless you're going to OC past 4.2-4.3GHz, you don't need a high-end air cooler.

Here's a revision.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($569.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme6 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($228.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: ATI FirePro V5900 2GB Video Card ($424.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill THOR V2 ATX Full Tower Case ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1632.41
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-22 22:47 EST-0500)



Thank you soo much, I never would have thought about that. one question, why would you choose ATI over a quadro?
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December 23, 2012 2:37:56 AM

Advertised specifications are better for about the same price, higher VRAM and bus rate. Also, native support for OpenGL 4.1 opposed to your chosen Quadro's 4.0.

See for yourself, make sure to scroll down to the last part at the bottom to see it all.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...

As for performance, that might depend on what you're using, but really both cards should perform fairly good in general. If you can find a Quadro for about the same price with the same specs, go get it.
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December 23, 2012 2:51:47 PM

Best answer selected by TheCheeseling.
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December 23, 2012 2:54:57 PM

excella1221 said:
Advertised specifications are better for about the same price, higher VRAM and bus rate. Also, native support for OpenGL 4.1 opposed to your chosen Quadro's 4.0.

See for yourself, make sure to scroll down to the last part at the bottom to see it all.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...

As for performance, that might depend on what you're using, but really both cards should perform fairly good in general. If you can find a Quadro for about the same price with the same specs, go get it.


would it be better that I got two lower priced cards and Crossfired them or SLI?

I changed just a little thing around take a look

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/tItZ
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December 23, 2012 3:47:10 PM

No. A single powerful card is better 99% of the time.

And you didn't change anything in that list, it's the same as the one I posted. :p 
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December 23, 2012 5:17:09 PM

excella1221 said:
No. A single powerful card is better 99% of the time.

And you didn't change anything in that list, it's the same as the one I posted. :p 


:na:  the only thing I changed was I upgraded the Firepro to a v7900 from the 5900 you chose. would you recommend that?


EDIT: ok changed some more stuff, will you let me know if any of this stuff is totally worthless? and if so, what I should change it to?
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/tNj5
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December 24, 2012 12:53:09 AM

Looks okay to me.

The Capstone is out of stock though, and I would personally spend the extra $20 to get the Extreme6, it has a much more acceptable size and bigger room for upgrades.
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