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February 19, 2013 5:55:08 AM

I started planning last year but put my build on hold due lack of free time.

Help me pick quality components for a budget workstation.

My for the workstation use will be primarily development and personal use. I will be running concurrently; Eclipse, .Net Framework, a several web servers (development /test only), Visio and the rest of the office suit, a few custom apps, of file/data transfer, all at the same time. I will also use it for some photo and video editing (from a HD camcorder) .

I’m trying to keep the PC as close to $500-$600 as possible but am flexible. I have all/any of the needed OS so that is not an issue. I will be using a 23in 1920x1080 monitor with HDMI/DVI/VGA inputs.

One of these three CPUs, I think the 1st is the best?
CPU:
1) Core i7 3770K 3.5GHz LGA 1155 Processor -$229 @microcenter(Ivy bridge)
2) Core i7 3770 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor - $260 @microcenter
(Ivy bridge with Intel Trusted Execution Technology; Intel Anti-Theft Technology)
3) Core i7 3820 3.6GHz LGA 2011 Boxed Processor – @229 @microcenter(Sandy Bridge-E, and no integrated graphics)

Cooling: The fan that comes with the CPU. I will upgrade later if needed.
Video card: No video card at this time, I may add one latter. Unless I get the i7 3820 (2011) as that does not have integrated graphics.

Mother Board : ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS -$149@newegg
Memory (free with ASUS P8ZZ77-V): CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M1A1600C10 (*Free*value:$49.99)
Case: COOLER MASTER Storm Enforcer SGC-1000-KWN1 Black SECC / ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ATX PS2 / EPS 12V (optional ) Power Supply - $80 @microcenter (plus tax/no shipping)
PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX 600 Watt ATX/EPS 80 PLUS (CX600) -$60 @ amazon (cheaper that cx430 and cx500)mart response. I have no idea how many watts I will need.
Optical: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer -$18 @ new egg

HD 1: WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA III, 64 MB Cache - WD10EZEX $75@ amazon
HD 2: Small SSD?? To take advantage of Intel smart response.
HD 3&4: Two existing drives 250 gig IDE drives (plan on using a PCI Raid controller)


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February 19, 2013 6:03:09 AM

Only Reason to get the 3820 is the quad channel mem
The motherboard you have chosen is only capable of the i7 3770 and 3770k
Also consider the Xeons as they are cheap too but without IGP,

Have you considered the AMD fx3850/8320 as they would be good options for your workload? (as a alternative to the 3820 since no integrated graphics)

I would get a graphics card anyways since it would speed up the UI even for non-gaming

Everything is compatible and gotta love that enforce :) 

You can drop to a CX430 for $30 http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cx430
Yep you can get a small SSD like 64GB or 32GB

Closet build to budget

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($194.15 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($51.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($26.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $595.05
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-19 03:18 EST-0500)
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February 19, 2013 1:26:51 PM

I have not considered the AMD. I will look into that option.
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February 19, 2013 1:28:24 PM

okay can u pick from microcenter? what parts did u already have?
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February 19, 2013 2:14:41 PM

Yes I can pick up from microcenter. (CO location)

I don't have any parts at this time. The only items that i will be re-using will be Monitor, Keyboard/Mouse, and 2 IDE drives assuming that I can get a PCI raid controller for IDE drives to work with my new build.
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February 19, 2013 7:56:42 PM

_Shawn_ said:
Yes I can pick up from microcenter. (CO location)

I don't have any parts at this time. The only items that i will be re-using will be Monitor, Keyboard/Mouse, and 2 IDE drives assuming that I can get a PCI raid controller for IDE drives to work with my new build.


AMD Radeon said:
okay can u pick from microcenter? what parts did u already have?

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February 19, 2013 8:47:43 PM

I have done some homework and it looks like the AMD fx3850 will meet my needs and may be better for running multiple applications at the same time.

With that said, I don’t think I could go wrong with a AMD FX3850 or a Core i7 3770K 3.5GHz. There is a small (30-40) price difference between the two CPUs. I may as well save $$ on the FX3850 unless there is a compelling reason to go with the I7.

I think the mother board will be key. I have been looking at these:
1) Asus F2A85-V Pro FM2 ATX AMD Motherboard
2) Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (recommended by stickmansam)
3) Other… a FX3850+Motherboard bundle from microcenter? ( http://www.microcenter.com/site/products/amd_bundles.as... )

If I do go with the AMD FX3850, What is the best Motherboard for the CPU?


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