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Scientific Computing Rig for Finance PhD Student

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Hi all,

This is my second build. I'm a PhD student of finance and therefore require machines with fantastic number crunching power to run CPU and memory intensive apps such as MATLAB, SAS, etc. Recently my home machine died and therefore I'm replacing it with a hopefully powerful enough computing rig. I'm shooting for workstation-level performances within a consumer computing budget. Below are the specs. Order placed with Newegg and I will update once the parts are in! Please feel free to offer your critique.

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K
MB: ASRock X79 EXTREME7 LGA 2011 Motherboard
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
HDD: 2x SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM
SSD: SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128N/AM 2.5" 128GB
Graphics: EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB (hookup with 3 existing 24" monitors. I don't need to play games)
PSU: Zephyr MX 750 750W
Cooler: CM Hyper 212 EVO
Case: CM HAF X

Order Total $1,643.52 (including some accessories)
Edited by tomlac - 4/26/12 at 7:47pm
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You could always get a xeon, for around the same price, lose the overclocking, but gain a little performance.

That, and you are going to need a different gpu than that, reference nvidia cards will not display more than 2 displays.
These two here, different price segments slightly but also still nvidia will display more than two displays at a time.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814162083
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814162091
Other than that, you will have to go with an amd card in that price segement.
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Yeah I'd rather get 2x Xeon E5-1620 for the same price but these are not out on the market yet and I'm tired of waiting for these chips. If say I OC the 3930k to 4.2Ghz how much slower it would be compared to dual E5-1620s? I don't think it would be that much. Ideas?
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I use matlab on my macbook pro. Does not need alot of power
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Your psu is overkill. To run that system all you need is like a 450-500w psu.

Why don't you just consider the i7-2600k? Its only 10-15% less in performance, which is totally negligible in real life applications. You got a SSD already, it will make up for any small % decrease.

you don't need x79 platform, unless you going use the PCI-E lanes which is for gaming and video rendering etc.

Simply get a z68/p67 board, stick with i7-2600k, and switch to a ATI 6770 card, get a smaller psu, and you save a huge load of money.

ATI 6770 is more than enough for you to 'display' 3 monitor that requires no GPU intensive computing.
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