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jbyun04 January 5, 2010 05:25 PM

Build for Work question
hey guys, I've got a quick question regarding a build I'm looking into for a manager at work. Mainly using it for a program called Retail Pro, word processing etc;. He's giving me something around the $900 mark. The main complaint is the durability of his computers and how slow they are so I figured I'd go for it and just do something with an i5? I just picked the cheapest GFX card available, I don't think he needs anything too special.

Playing around on NCIX I came up with this:

[Bundle deal]
Motherboard: MSI P55-CD53 P55 ATX DDR3 Motherboard
Processor: Intel i5 750
[/Bundle deal]

Memory: G.Skill F3-10666CL9D-4GBNQ PC3-10666 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1333 Dual Channel
Video: MSI GeForce 8400GS 567MHZ 512MB 1.6GHZ DDR2
Heatsink: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro REV.2
PSU: OCZ StealthXStream OCZ500SXS 500W
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 7200RPM 32MB
Case: Antec 300 Mini
OS: Windows 7 Pro

It's gonna run about $913.18CAD after assembly pre-tax.
First of all, will this system work? If so / not, is there anything that should be replaced / removed / added? Cheaper the better of course.


odis172 January 5, 2010 06:03 PM

Is it going to be used only at work? If so, i doubt from what you said, that the machine will be doing anything much more intensive then office environment applications. For the office I would say an e8400 or up cpu. A graphics card would probably not be required, i would suggest using onboard graphics.

Can you give us an idea of what hes using now? What one user perceives as slow can vary widely.

MarkOne January 5, 2010 06:26 PM

if you want a 8400, get this one, it have a fan, the passive one get more hot , all true the fan need some maintenance.

NCIX.com - Buy EVGA E-GEFORCE 8400GS 512MB PCI VGA DVI-I HDTV Out Video Card - 512-P1-N724-LR In Canada.

the Antec is a good choice as long as you put an extra fan in front of the Hard drive, so order and extra 120mm

for your cooler you can choose this one

NCIX.com - Buy Coolermaster RR-910-HTX3-GP Hyper TX Series Aluminum 3-HEATPIPE CPU Cooler S1156/775/AM3/AM2/939/940 - RR-910-HTX3-GP In Canada.

or his big brother the 212+

Some report problem with the OCZ PSU... for a commercial build I use PSU not available at NCIX. can not help for other $ 50 PSU

jbyun04 January 5, 2010 08:01 PM

thanks guys

he's using a mac mini right now, last gen. I think it's the 1.8GHZ with 512MB ram?

He just wants something that'll be good for years. Just out of curiosity what makes the E8400 a better fit for the office?

I replaced the OCZ PSU with Antec 650W Earth Watts. It was pretty urgent so I had to go ahead and order it.

MarkOne January 5, 2010 08:05 PM

You Antec is ok. think about my extra fan, it's good to keep the HD cool . the e8400 is just cheaper ,

Raserei408 January 5, 2010 08:22 PM

My thoughts:

Is it going to be OCed at all? If not, just stick with stock cooling. If it will be, go a bit higher and get the Hyper 212 Plus.
I'm skeptical of the PSU. I'd try to get Corsair, PC Power and Cooling, Seasonic, something like that.
You might instead consider going AMD and getting a PII x4 or a AII x4 (depending on how fast it needs to be and budget) along with a 790GX or 785G board, for the onboard graphics. Since he won't need them, might go that route.
Good choice on the PSU, but I've found the 640 isn't usually much more. Might check prices on that.
I, personally, REALLY hate the Antec 300. As far as I'm concerned, if you're going for a low-budget case, get the NZXT Beta EVO or Gamma. Period. Add a fan up front if you're concerned about HDD temps. Yate Loons can be had for around 6USD.

Here's a build I whipped up really quick, take it for what it's worth:
(all prices from NCIX.com)
Gigabyte MA790GPT-UD3H - $138.35
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition - $191.96
Corsair CMPSU-400CX - $74.99
Hyper 212 Plus - $31.01 (if OCing. If not, unnecessary, use stock heatsink)
4GB of DDR3 (any one you want, I picked what was cheapest) - ~$110
NZXT Gamma - $59.99
Windows 7 Pro OEM - $168.67
Caviar Black 640GB - $78.11

Total - 854.43CAD (+ shipping)

odis172 January 6, 2010 12:50 AM

Above poster meant "good choice on the hard drive" Hes referring to the wd 640gb, as its faster then the 500 due to it having higher density platters.
An e8400 is going to be wayyyy faster then a 1.8ghz. I was suggesting it as its a cheaper setup then the core i5, which is probably overkill. You wouldnt notice any difference in office apps with the core i5 as compared to the e8400, but go for it if hes willing to spend that much.

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