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silver_2000 January 6, 2013 10:43 AM

Help with FAST Work PC - NO gaming
Hi Guys Hope you can help
Ive read a bunch of your posts and it seems you have some deep knowledge.

1. What YOUR PC will be used for.
Its my work machine. Self employed consultant. Used for remote support using teamviewer. Often with 3 or 4 remote sessions at once. Also fro web development, repair.
Do LAMP development/repairs. Photoshop CS3. Video editing. Often have 10 apps open at once. PC runs 24x7. Want speed, boot speed, editing speed, multitasking speed.
Time is money. Will NOT overclock, Like to NOT hear the PC or fans so quiet is important.
Currently have 2 dell 22" LCDs planning to add 2 more in 2x2 format so I can slide sessions to thier own window. Will NOT do ANY serious gaming. Dont care about or want see through panels or LEDs or glowing cables.

2. What YOUR budget is. ~$2000 dont have to spend it all

3. What country YOU will be buying YOUR parts from. USA - Some will come from amazon since I have $550 credit there

4. IF YOU have a brand preference. Intel, gigabyte and well known, well supported brands. Gigabyte is optional - current board has been good to me but would consider other names like ASUS etc

5. If YOU intend on using any of YOUR current parts, and if so, what those parts are.
Reuse some : will use your recommendations:
Windows 7 Pro 64 bit - Staying with windows 7.
Drives: ok with adding or replacing older drives
Western Digital WD Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache
older Western Digital Raptor WD1600ADFS 160GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache
Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 ST3500641AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache
Antec Sonata III 500 case - Antec 500w PS - 2 antec 120 m fans
Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3 MB - 2009 - Ive had pretty good luck with the Gigabyte MB -
Intel i5 750@ 2.67 Ghz
8gn kingston Hyper X memory - (slots full )
NVidea geforce 7900 GS

6. IF YOU have searched and/or read similar threads.
Definately want Samsung 256 gb 840 pro SSD for OS
Looking at newer i7 processor and 16 gb ram or more.
Would like 2 gigabit ethernet ports but not a must have.

7. IF YOU plan on overclocking or run the system at default speeds.
NO OC - Ive dabbled with it and the instability inst worth it.

8. WHEN do you plan to build it?
In next few weeks

9. What resolution and settings do you use?
Want to run (4) 22-27 inch monitors at 1920x1080 or more

10. Are there any specific technologies you want?
Future proof - the PC needs to be fast for the next 3-4 years
Dont typically pay for latest processor or fastest drives - speed delta never worth cost.

silver_2000 January 9, 2013 07:55 AM

Anyone have any ideas ? Did I leave out some info ?
Thanks in advance

bliz January 9, 2013 08:32 AM


i7 3970x,it's the price of the 3960 and it's faster.
GA-X79-UD5 (rev. 1.0)
32gb corsair ram (1600+)
250 or 500 gb intel SSD or corsair neutron GTX (could not test samsung SSD's)
3tb WD red HDD
500W psu, take a good brand: Be Quiet or Corsair or Antec, 80+ gold

great_big_abyss January 9, 2013 08:42 AM

Does photoshop require a video card to do any rendering? I'm not familiar with the program. If not, I would go with the most powerful IB i7 processor and IGP, and a couple of large SSD's in RAID1 (for redudancy) to store all of your programs/files. Backup regularly from the SSD's to the 1TB WD Black HDD that you have.

I7-3770 - 3.4Ghz Processor - $289.98 from Amazon
Corsair Vengeance 2x8GB DDR3 1600mhz RAM - $73.74 from Amazon
ASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155 Motherboard - $189.99 from Amazon
2x Intel 520 Series 240GB 2.5" SSD in RAID1 - $214.99 x2 = $429.98

Corsair Carbide 200r Case - $59.99
Corsair TX550M Modular Power Supply - $89.99
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus heatsink - $28.45

Total: $1162.12

With the remainder, pick up a nice 27" IPS panel, and you're set!

Optional: You could reuse your existing case, but honestly, it's pretty outdated. It doesn't have USB3.0 front panel connectors, and the powersupply is probably well used. You could probably get away with using it, but if you wanted to replace it, you'll get a whole bunch of useful features like cable management (for better airflow within the case = better/quieter cooling) and front panel USB 3.0 (most motherboards these days support that feature). I also added a large heatsink. While not strictly needed for stock clocked systems, they're quite a bit quieter than the stock heatsink that comes with any processor.

bliz January 9, 2013 09:11 AM

totally agree on intel SSD's never problems with em,and a SSD raid is a great idea.Yeah i didn't mention it but of course,get a tower heatsink,like a 212 evo or something bigger,if you want to take a bigger CPU than 3770 (which is still fast) and overclock it, you should take a bigger heatsink...

CAREFUL: low profile ram for a big heatsink,corsair makes low profile 1600 mhz ram!

Squeetard January 9, 2013 09:17 AM

Add an nvidia graphics card. You'll need it to run 4 monitors, and Apps like photoshop use the Cuda cores for a big speed boost.

gtx 670.

silver_2000 January 10, 2013 09:18 PM

great feedback guys


A couple questions
1) the research im doing shows the Samsung drives to be the top rated drives - why are you recommending the intel ? they are close to same price Samsung has better reviews and is a little bigger

2) the corsair case is cheap but its not known for being quiet - again Im not a gamer
maybe this

3) dont really need mirroring - Ive got offsite backup to solve that but if its in the budget - I have almost a TB of customer data on the Black drive -With new SSD announced today maybe prices will drop and Ill get 2

4) I like the heat sink idea - dont need the cooling but better cooling means slower fan speed = less noise

I7-3770 - 3.4Ghz Processor - $289.98 from Amazon
Corsair Vengeance 2x8GB DDR3 1600mhz RAM - $73.74 from Amazon
ASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155 Motherboard - $189.99 from Amazon
2x Intel 520 Series 240GB 2.5" SSD in RAID1 - $214.99 x2 = $429.98 samsun similar price

Corsair Obsidian Series 550D $129

Corsair TX550M Modular Power Supply - $89.99
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus heatsink - $28.45

GTX 670 $380

Total: about 1250

Keep the ideas coming

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