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Old June 30, 2008, 03:20 PM
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Hi! My dad desperately needs a new computer for his office.
Here are the parts I have pulled together on newegg.com.
Please give me feedback on potential problems or poor components.
AeroCool i-Curve+ (Plus) - BK Black 0.6mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

Open Box: ASUS P5K-E/WIFI-AP LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply - Retail
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor Model BX80562Q6600 - Retail

G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-2GBPK - Retail
Seagate ST303204N1A1AS-RK 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Retail


LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model DH-20A4P-04 - OEM

Microsoft Windows XP Professional 64Bit SP2C for System Builders - OEM


Rosewill RCX-Z775-EX 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler - Retail

Office PC?

Get him a e2200
P5K board
corsair xms2 - 2gb of ram
Windows XP 32bit
Coolermaster RC-330 case
Fortron Sparkle 400w PSU
Evga 8600 GPU
Seagate 250gb SATA II drive
Pioneer DVR-212 ODD
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Old June 30, 2008, 03:28 PM
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You went completely overboard with that PSU and CPU, the case is questionable, weird CPU cooler, plus what are you doing for the video card?

Here is my suggestion for a system build. I'm gonna use parts/prices from DirectCanada or NCIX.

Antec Sonata III Case w/ 500W Antec EarthWatts PSU - $99
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz 1066FSB 8MB Cache 65nm - $209
Asus P5Q Pro P45 ATX Mobo - $140
2x1GB Mushkin HP DDR2-1066 5-5-5-15 996612 RAM - $75
Western Digital 500GB 7200rpm SATA2 WD5000AAKS HD - $73
LG H55N 20X DVD-RW - $26
Windows XP Pro SP2 64-bit - $142
Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro LGA775 HSF - $27
Asus Radeon 3450 256MB PCI-E Video Card - $41
Total: $832

Still the above specs are too high end for an office PC. Here is what I think he really will be fine with:

Antec NSK4480 Midtower Case w/ 380W Antec EarthWatts PSU - $68
AMD Athlon64 X2 4600 Brisbane 2x512KB Cache 65nm CPU - $60
Asus M2A-VM 690G AM2 mATX Mobo - $64
2x1GB Mushkin HP DDR2-800 4-4-4-12 996603 RAM - $52
Western Digital 320GB 7200rpm SATA2 WD3200AAKS HD - $67
LG H55N 20X DVD-RW - $26
Windows Vista Business SP1 64-bit - $149
Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro AM2 HSF - $27
Use Integrated Mobo Video - $0
Total: $513

All prices are before taxes and shipping.
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Old June 30, 2008, 03:29 PM
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That's quite the office PC IMO. Does your dad honestly need a quad core for his office work? Seems a bit much.

How about an AMD Athlon X2 of whatever speed plus a motherboard that has the 780G chipset? I believe the Gigabyte one is the best.

Get the Antec Sonata III or Antec NSK4480 (both come with decent PSUs).

Then your choice of DDR2-800, hard drive and DVD-RW.
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Old June 30, 2008, 03:33 PM
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Can you tell us what is the use of this PC. I know it's for office but he use it for what ... cad drawing, microsoft office, accounting ... it will help to chose the good hardware.
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Old June 30, 2008, 03:55 PM
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Yeah, I had reached that conclusion too.
I was talking to him and the order has expanded a bit:
We need:
2 full PC's equipped with good graphics cards and processors.
1 good graphics card.

They are going into an architectural firm which uses them for CAD Design and 3D image rendering.

My dad uses two screens and loves to keep a horde of processes running. Seeing as the Q6600 is now cheap it seems like a natural choice.

BTW The office is in Sothern California so: a) if you want to find relevant pricing information use US dollars, so far I have only chosen parts of Newegg.com but there are a lot of other good websites, and b) good cooling and upgradability are important.

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Old June 30, 2008, 11:54 PM
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an 8600 Will be fine for use of that. the q6600 would be good for rendering things, cause its real cheap right now. As for ram, you want the timings to be higher aka 5-5-5-15. I do not remember why, i just know that 4-4-4-12 is better for gaming, and 5-5-5-15 is better for photoshop and rendering programs
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Do not use a Geforce or a Radeon, PLEASE. For CAD, use a Quadro or FireGL. The PNY Quadro FX 570 is a great entry level CAD or 3D design dual head graphics card, and is $200. Match that to a decent Core2Duo or Quad (intel or AMD is fine), and 4GB RAM. Be sure to use XP Pro.
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Do not use a Geforce or a Radeon, PLEASE. For CAD, use a Quadro or FireGL. The PNY Quadro FX 570 is a great entry level CAD or 3D design dual head graphics card, and is $200. Match that to a decent Core2Duo or Quad (intel or AMD is fine), and 4GB RAM. Be sure to use XP Pro.
Very good recommendation!
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Do not use a Geforce or a Radeon, PLEASE. For CAD, use a Quadro or FireGL. The PNY Quadro FX 570 is a great entry level CAD or 3D design dual head graphics card, and is $200.
Ok what is the advantage to workstation graphics cards? Also, will they happily run 2 monitors at med-high resolution?
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4GB RAM. Be sure to use XP Pro.
Why? I wont get all 4GB of ram running under XP Pro, not even at 64-Bit.
I was planning on bumping the systems up to 2x1G + 2x512mb.
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