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Originally Posted by sti-06 View Post
Why cant ur son come and look for help, instead of you?
Two obvious reasons come to my mind
1) it's a surprise! yaay
2) He'd pick a double xeon system lol


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Originally Posted by DNytAftr View Post
i just did a simple search off the websites based off of price alone the processor is the most expensive on new egg, the sr-2 is the most expensive mobo off that site and the quadro is the most expensive nvidia workstation card (that does not take up the whole budget ) off the website.. so i think he prob did just choose the most expensive .. but apparently you can sli them since it looks like there is a sli connector on it


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http://www.digitalstormonline.com/co....asp?id=480725
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luno, Madalin Thank you again, I copied this thread as a book mark.


I am merely trying to surprise him as finding a better option from what he linked me.... which obliviously isn't going to work because of my budget I guess.

But people like Madalin, and luno are helping gracefully kudos.

-John
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John,

Just go with a pre-built system from Maingear or Digital Storm. They are aesthetically pleasing, well built, and have very good parts.

http://www.maingear.com/index.php
http://www.digitalstormonline.com/

$4000 budget for a computer will get you close to the BEST OF THE BEST. What your son is linking you is just the most expensive stuff he could find. Spending $2000 on parts for a computer would give you a system that just flat out destroys everything he would do.

I suggest you get a pre-built system within your budget (most people here would crap their pants at a $4000 PC as you're getting into the ultra-high bleeding edge performance sector here) I know you want him to have the best, but "the best" in terms of computer parts are very situational. He doesn't need an SR-2 mother board or workstation graphics cards AT ALL.

What I think you fail to understand is that by spending less money, you will think the computer is not as good. I would like to emphasize John, that what he linked you isn't better, or more powerful, it's just different and meant for large companies workstations who would be doing things like rendering 3D animation you see in the movies. There will be absolutely NO performance compromise by staying within your budget and to be frank, in real world applications will likely be faster as the stuff he wants isn't intended for his needs.

If you need any help feel free to PM me.
Edited by Evtron - 2/9/11 at 12:11pm
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post #125 of 415
Here's what i would do : as evtron said , i don't think he needs such a high spec computer .
But you said 4k so i suggested those . i would go for the first one . I can cut the price as much as you want ...just say.
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NP John, And while i realize giving him a budget and ordering the parts isn't that much of a surprise, he will appreciate it as much or more. its a lot of fun and a great father son project you both will remember much longer.

Because he seems to know a good bit of what works for him and what he wants. picking out the parts and building it himself with his dad will make it that much better..

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post #127 of 415
My advice would be to steer clear of the SR-2. Way too expensive, it will push you out of your 4k price range. Sandy Bridge is amazing, but what your needs suggest is the 980x. Cores > clock speed for this application, especially since you won't be overclocking (assumption, correct me if I'm wrong).

Get him a monster monitor: Dell U3011, or a HP Zr30w. This will improve the experience sooo much; people should really lay down more money for monitors.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...k=Dell%20U3011
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...Tpk=Hp%20Zr30w

Get him an Intel i7-980x and an Asus Sabertooth X58 Motherboard.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-223-_-Product
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-665-_-Product

Get him 24Gb of RAM Memory.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231357

Get him a single (1) ASUS GTX580. He can get another later and put it in IF he needs it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-409-_-Product

Get a Full Tower ATX case, I like the HAF 932, but it is entirely preference.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-160-_-Product

Get a power supply that is modular and rated to 850W. This one is excellent.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817151102

Get him two (2) traditional hard drives with 1Tb for storage. 2-1Tb drives are much cheaper than a single 2Tb drive.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-185-_-Product

Get him one solid state hard drive with around 120Gb for programs. The C300 is arguably the fastest one out there.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-348-_-Product

Get him a simple DVD-RW drive, he may want to invest in a Blue-Ray drive later.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827135204

And of course, a copy of Windows 7. You may want the Professional version, but do not need Ultimate.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-758-_-Product

If I ran my calculations right, and you choose the more expensive dell U3011 monitor, this will bring you to 4225, a little over budget. The Hp Zr30w will bring you to 4065. If you had to cut out a little cost, then I would cut one of the 1Tb hard drives because they are easy to add later.

To help you decide if you can build a computer, answer these questions:

Do you have difficulty setting up TV's and DVD players?
Can you set up a computer (plug in everything correctly) when you get it from a company?
Can you install programs on a computer without difficulty?

If you can do these without much trouble, then you can build a computer. It is really just as easy. You plug things into slots where they fit, using the handbooks and user manuals provided. You will need a small phillips screwdriver. Once it's all together, you plug it in, put the windows 7 dvd into the dvd-drive, and turn it on, and follow the on-screen instructions. If you get lost anywhere along the way, this forum can help.
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I have a 2,000$ computer (1500 in the states)

Plays any game I throw at it, does all I need and more.

xtreme3 mobo, hynix 6gb ddr3 ram, gtx 480 graphics card, i7 950 (processor)700w powersupply.

As for the case and such, thats all up to preference (:
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Originally Posted by Tutoriael View Post
Here is the link's he was sending.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...254&CatId=4068

He said he might want two of these.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115212



He said he wants to "SLI" these?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...325&Tpk=cooler



He just logged off msn, these are the links I copied and pasted from him, i'll talk to him more on saturday when I get to see him.
975 extremes will be the worst bang-for-buck--there goes more than half of your budget. If he does video processing/editing, then I could maybe see the dual quadro cards, though that's pretty pricey too.

Maybe you should scale back--get one of the CPU's, one of the cards, whatever mobo and RAM, and then if he wants more, he can earn the rest? Gifts are good, but man, you're not going to be anywhere close to your $4k budget if you go with what he linked in those quantities.
    
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I would catch such a legendary slap across the face if I emailed my parents those Quadro 5000s and said "gimme two of these."
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