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post #1 of 8
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Hey y'all. After a few years without a desktop, I think it might be time to get one to keep at school.

I don't really do a whole lot of gaming, but as long as it can play older games (GTA IV, Assassin's Creed, etc.) on medium settings I'll be happy. These days I mostly use my computer for photo editing with Photoshop CS5, although as an engineer I do need to do big rounds of data crunching in Matlab, Minitab, Excel, and Origin on a fairly regular basis.

My budget is probably gonna be around $700 give or take. I still need to buy a monitor, keyboard, and mouse, so I'll budget those separately (probably gonna spring for an IPS monitor). I don't need top-end graphics, and I can't afford an SSD or a Blu-Ray drive. In order of what I probably need, I'd say:
  • Strong CPU performance
  • Lots of memory
  • Lots of hard drive space (maybe with some redundancy)
  • Quiet
  • Graphics

Thanks in advance. I don't need software, as I have a (legal) license of Windows 7 Ultimate kicking around from school.
post #2 of 8
The case is silent, and I realize its way overbudget

the memory is extremely overkill but it costs as much as some 8gb, its on a great sale!!!!

I think this is sort of what you want.

$854 total
     
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post #3 of 8
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Yeah, definitely way too expensive for my needs. The 6850 is more than likely overkill for me, and I can probably find ways to save elsewhere.
post #4 of 8
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Yeah, definitely way too expensive for my needs. The 6850 is more than likely overkill for me, and I can probably find ways to save elsewhere.

Get rid of redundancy, and get a used gtx 460.
Bam problem solved.
     
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i7 6800k Evga Micro2 Evga GTX 1080 FTW Hybrid Corsair Dominator 32GB 3200mhz (one of the stup... 
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Intel 750 800gb Samsung 950 Pro 256gb with AngelWing PX1 PCIE h... Lol Corsair H80i v2 
OSOSMonitorMonitor
Windows 10 Home 64bit CentOS 7 (in VM) Dell u2311h Dell u2311h 
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Leopold FC660C Silverstone 700 sfx-l Platinum thing Silverstone FT03B Logitech MX Master 
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i7 860 asus p7p55d-e pro EVGA gtx 460 Gskill ripjaws CL9 4gb 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Western Digital Caviar Black Zalman CNPS10x Performa Windows 7 Ultimate OEM Samsung 223BW 
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post #5 of 8
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A GTX 460 is probably still overkill. Like I said, I'm not a heavy gamer. Redundancy is not up for negotiation--when you've shot several hundred gigabytes worth of photos you don't want to be left without backups.
post #6 of 8
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Bump? I imagined there's gotta be somebody out there who's got some suggestions...

Currently debating between an i5 or a Phenom II X6. I know the i5 will be faster in general, but I feel like having six cores gives me a lot of options. Also leaning towards nVidia cards so I can take advantage of CUDA support in some programs.
post #7 of 8
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Bump? I imagined there's gotta be somebody out there who's got some suggestions...

Currently debating between an i5 or a Phenom II X6. I know the i5 will be faster in general, but I feel like having six cores gives me a lot of options. Also leaning towards nVidia cards so I can take advantage of CUDA support in some programs.
I think my build is pretty good. Keep the redundancy, get a used gtx 260 or gts 450 w/e you want and everything else is pretty good.
     
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i7 6800k Evga Micro2 Evga GTX 1080 FTW Hybrid Corsair Dominator 32GB 3200mhz (one of the stup... 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Intel 750 800gb Samsung 950 Pro 256gb with AngelWing PX1 PCIE h... Lol Corsair H80i v2 
OSOSMonitorMonitor
Windows 10 Home 64bit CentOS 7 (in VM) Dell u2311h Dell u2311h 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Leopold FC660C Silverstone 700 sfx-l Platinum thing Silverstone FT03B Logitech MX Master 
AudioAudioAudioOther
Oppo HA2 Sony XBA Z5 Blue Yeti Microphone Asus USB-AC68 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 860 asus p7p55d-e pro EVGA gtx 460 Gskill ripjaws CL9 4gb 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Western Digital Caviar Black Zalman CNPS10x Performa Windows 7 Ultimate OEM Samsung 223BW 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft ergonomics 7000 Corsair 750tx AZZA Solano 1000 Some thing 
Mouse PadAudio
some generic thing Creative Sound Blaster Arena 
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i7 6800k Evga Micro2 Evga GTX 1080 FTW Hybrid Corsair Dominator 32GB 3200mhz (one of the stup... 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Intel 750 800gb Samsung 950 Pro 256gb with AngelWing PX1 PCIE h... Lol Corsair H80i v2 
OSOSMonitorMonitor
Windows 10 Home 64bit CentOS 7 (in VM) Dell u2311h Dell u2311h 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Leopold FC660C Silverstone 700 sfx-l Platinum thing Silverstone FT03B Logitech MX Master 
AudioAudioAudioOther
Oppo HA2 Sony XBA Z5 Blue Yeti Microphone Asus USB-AC68 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 860 asus p7p55d-e pro EVGA gtx 460 Gskill ripjaws CL9 4gb 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Western Digital Caviar Black Zalman CNPS10x Performa Windows 7 Ultimate OEM Samsung 223BW 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft ergonomics 7000 Corsair 750tx AZZA Solano 1000 Some thing 
Mouse PadAudio
some generic thing Creative Sound Blaster Arena 
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post #8 of 8
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Originally Posted by laboitenoire View Post
Bump? I imagined there's gotta be somebody out there who's got some suggestions...

Currently debating between an i5 or a Phenom II X6. I know the i5 will be faster in general, but I feel like having six cores gives me a lot of options. Also leaning towards nVidia cards so I can take advantage of CUDA support in some programs.
It's only going to be faster in video encoding and nothing else. It won't be much faster either.

Quicksync destroys CUDA in every way imaginable.
    
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