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post #1 of 5
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Hi guys, when Im in a spot I come to OCN and the great community has never let me down so thanks first off.

My company was burglarized this weekend and among the things stolen were a few workstations. One was very vital to our company's operation.

I have been tasked with finding a replacement and fast. They need it this week or today if possible. I can build the computer if I know what parts to put in it, I've built several and if I had time I would figure out the best parts but Im a little behind right now and I dont want to throw something together that might not be stable.

So you guys are the experts, if you have recently put together a reliable workstation I'd appreciate knowing what parts and clock settings/drivers/bios etc to load. I don't mind if its a server or desktop setup, amd or intel. We do need a workstation graphics card with 2 monitor output.

It doesn't have to be cutting edge or fancy with every bell and whistle. Don't worry too much about the budget but try to keep it below high end.

Thanks in advance to anyone who can help!
Dan

PS Refer me to the builder of your choice who can come up with a machine on short notice, Thanks!
Edited by DIY_dAn - 12/10/12 at 5:22am
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post #2 of 5
Have a look at the HP Z600 workstations... Multi-Monitor GPU and xeon's in there..

Might be a bit overkill but I think they are around 2k depending on final specs.

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When time isn't an issue, I just build it myself.

In your situation, given that time is of the essence, I would say you may be best off with a pre-built machine like recommended above.

I know that at the company I work for, workstation downtime means thousands lost. In this situation it seems best to buy a certified WS that you don't need to deal with building when stability is important and you are on a time crunch.

I've been putting workstations together at the office for the past 2 months or so now, and if there is something I have learned it's that I HATE letting a machine leave my care until I have properly tested everything. That takes more time than I would be willing to spend if there wasn't still some sort of productivity going on.

Just how I would handle it though!

Edit: What are these workstations for, specifically?
Edited by avw616 - 12/10/12 at 6:42am
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These workstations run Solidworks, Esprit, HSMworks and a variety of other things(spreadsheets, browsers, calculators etc) simultaneously.

Solidworks is the most demanding of these depending on part geometry. I have crashed some rather high end workstations with certain geometries and operations on there but most of the time its very manageable by even low end builds.
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post #5 of 5
The Z600 is a solid machine, have a look and spec one up, you can normally get it in a day or two.

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