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post #1 of 25
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Hello everyone.
My Uncle recently came to me saying he wanted a workstation computer, I quickly talked him out of a 8-core mac pro as they are WAY overpriced and said I could build him one.
He is an engineer, and will most likely be doing CAD, encoding, some multitasking, and the occasional game.


budget:
no real budget, but I want to keep it under $1200ish for everything (peripherals, shipping, etc)

the build:
CPU: Intel Q9550
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...5041&Tpk=q9550

HSF:
Xigmatek S-1283 with retention bracket
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835233003
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835233019

Motherboard: need suggestions, I want to get an Intel chipset and under $130ish, but I came up with this
ASUS P5Q Pro P45
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131299

RAM: G.Skill 8gb (4x2) PC-6400 (two 2x2 sets)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231122

GPU: need suggestions, keep in mind he will be doing CAD work, But I had this in mind, XFX 9600gso 768mb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...50320&Tpk=9600
Visiontek 4850 instead of 9600gso brings total to $1,227.52

HDD: WD Caviar 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136284

PSU: Corsair 520HX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...9001&Tpk=520hx

Monitor: Acer X223Wbd 22" 1680x1050
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824009145

Case: most likely a CM590, if you can find better for around the same price please post.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119152

CD/DVD:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827135176

Flash reader:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820223073


TOTAL:
comes out to $1,109.52 with shipping/tax

suggestions welcome, but keep within reason
Edited by smoke12291 - 12/14/08 at 3:36pm
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post #2 of 25
Get the GTX 260 216, should give you more performance and still stay in budget.
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post #3 of 25
What kind of design? Would he need/want a quadra (i hope i got that name right) which is nvidia's series for design/rendering. Also with ram prices what they are I would go with 8Gb of ram and 2 screens for multitasking if you can afford it, or maybe have him keep his old screen as a second. Most design programs are much nicer to work with when you can spread out all their tools across two screens.
    
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post #4 of 25
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Originally Posted by joemaniaci View Post
Get the GTX 260 216, should give you more performance and still stay in budget.
good idea, would the gain really be worth it though? He doesn't play many games, COD4 is the most intensive he plays.

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What kind of design? Would he need/want a quadra (i hope i got that name right) which is nvidia's series for design/rendering. Also with ram prices what they are I would go with 8Gb of ram and 2 screens for multitasking if you can afford it, or maybe have him keep his old screen as a second. Most design programs are much nicer to work with when you can spread out all their tools across two screens.
well he does some CAD work for his business (he's an engineer) and I'm not sure if the nvidia or ati workstation cards would really benefit THAT much. I know they would be better for this, but not for over $1000 for a card.

I really like the 8gb RAM and two screen idea, he would love that

+ for you both.

motherboard look good?
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post #5 of 25
I've used that mobo and i's a solid one.
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post #6 of 25
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would it be worth it to get a 4850 instead?

+ option to crossfire, knowing him once he realizes how good PC games look he'll want more
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post #7 of 25
I like the ATI cards right now...for the money they can't be beat.
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8gb of ram, two 24" if you can or just high end 22", i have the p5q pro its a great board just does what it needs to without complaints a little tip -: the one i got moaned about express gate on first boot just disable it and it wont moan anymore,


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8gb of ram, two 24" if you can or just high end 22", i have the p5q pro its a great board just does what it needs to without complaints a little tip -: the one i got moaned about express gate on first boot just disable it and it wont moan anymore,


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good to know, thank you.

and edited in the visiontek 4850 under 9600gso for comparison.
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post #10 of 25
I wonder if it wouldn't be possible to go with a server motherboard and a pair of q6600s for this price. But I don't know much about that, so I'm not going to tell you it's the thing to do.
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