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Old October 28, 2009, 09:26 PM
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Hi folks,

I'm new here so hopegully I don't break the rules. I work as a contractor so I buy my own PC for work. At my current job I usually have all the following running at once:
  • SQL Server (Require SQL server to run on my own machine)
  • SQL Management Studio
  • .Net Development in Visual Studio 2008 (WPF, Silverlight, RIA, Windows Services, WCF, etc...)
  • Visual Studio 6 (VB6)
  • Crystal Reports 7
  • Crystal Reports 2008
  • Outlook/Word/MSN
  • Quake3 (we play for a bit every afternoon)
My main problem with my current machine is that it's feeling sluggish and builds in VS 2008 are taking FOREVER.

I have convinced myself that an SSD hard drive is a necessity. I am going to leave it out of the build for now as I know their expensive and I will figure that out once I have this all sorted out. For the rest of the system I am looking to spend around $1000 before taxes/shipping/etc...

I live in the Vancouver area so I could pick up from NCIX to avoid shipping but I really really hate those guys and their in store service is just brutal. If I buy from NewEgg i don't pay PST which is a 7% savings. Here's what I priced out so far, let me know what you think!

i7 860 & Asus P7P55D Pro Combo: $488.98
Newegg.ca - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more!

2 of these G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600: $84.99 x 2 = $169.88
Newegg.ca - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-4GBRM - Desktop Memory

Video Card
XFX Geforce 9800 GT: $100.99
Newegg.ca - XFX PVT98GYDLH GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

Hard Drive
WD Caviar Black 640 GB: $79.99
Newegg.ca - Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

LiteOn SATA Burner: $32.99
Newegg.ca - LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW SATA CD/DVD Burner - Bulk - CD / DVD Burners

Case and PSU
Antec Sonata III w/ 500W PSU: $129.99
Newegg.ca - Antec Sonata III 500 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply - Computer Cases

SubTotal: $1002.92
Shipping: $39.93
GST: $52.15
PST: $0

Total: $1095.00

Monitors, mouse, KB etc... is taken care of already.

Please let me know what you think and thanks!
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Old October 29, 2009, 01:35 AM
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You could always improve your HDD performance with a raid 10 with 3 more of those 640 gig drives. NCIX has a reasonably priced raid card from adaptec that I'm currently using and very pleased with
Adaptec AAR-1430SA Serial ATA HostRAID Controller NCIX.com - Buy Adaptec 1430SA 4 Port SATA II RAID 0/1/10/JBOD Low Profile Controller Card PCI-E4 RoHS - 2240900-R In Canada.

Get the pci-e version if you are intrested in something like this. The 640's in raid0 are unreal... the raid 10 just gives you the mirror as well as the raid0. Used to be called raid 0+1. Certainly a cheaper option than the SSD's and great performance over single drive solutions. I'm sure you'd be happy... I know I would.

Everything you've picked looks fine to me.
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