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#1 jon51

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Posted 14 March 2011 - 07:41 PM

Hi all,

Working on a potential build for my boss. A couple years ago he bought a new PC from HP. He wanted to make sure he had a RAID setup to back up his data, they did this with 2 64GB drive (seems like a low amount of storage even for a couple years ago). He also wanted at least 2 dedicated video outputs to run at least 2 monitors. He ended up getting 3 cheapo monitors. Not sure on resolution but its not critical that they be awesome quality. Long story short. They put in this weird DVI connector that doesn't fit any of the SVGA-DVI adapters we have, so the only port that works seems to be the native SVGA. He had to buy 2 USB converters so his 3 monitors would work. He is having some sort of boot issue all the time, either it doesn't boot up without pulling RAM sticks (they gave him 1 stick, then sent 2 more later...weird). Takes forever to shut down and just generally has issues with almost everything. Seems like a really crappy 775 core duo that is listed at running at 1.8ghz. Celeron?

I offered to just build him a new computer since he doesn't want the possibility of a return to HP taking a long time as he needs his computer daily.
So here is my current parts list. He does not game or use major graphics intensive programs. Mostly e-mail, schematic software for electronics, PCB viewing software, accounting, PDF viewing and conversions.

(2) Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive (For Raid setup)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136320
$119.98

(1) PNY VCGGTS4501XPB GeForce GTS 450 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133343
(this may be over the top for what he needs, its just a card I found with 2 DVI and a decent # of reviews plus its only a bit over $100 and $89 if a rebate is honored, though he would still need to use one USB converter for the 3rd monitor).
$109.99

Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371016
$64.99 ($49.99 $15 rebate also)

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231275
$46.99

ASUS P7H55-M PRO LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131623
$99.99

Intel Core i3-540 Clarkdale 3.06GHz LGA 1156 73W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80616I3540
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115221
$119.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.590824
$139.99 (-$10 combo with case)

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.590824
$59.95

All in all with tax and shipping: $820.73

How does all this sound with regards to his usage style?
Should I be looking at another way to get support for 3 monitors? (SLI and Crossfire support seems a bit dodgy with lower end motherboards)
Price may be able to go a bit higher but my goal was to get a him a reliable PC that will last him without too many issues for as cheap as possible.

Any thoughts, criticisms and recommendations welcome.

-Jon

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Posted 14 March 2011 - 09:36 PM

In three monitor support, do you mean something like EyeFinity? Or, do you mean something where three monitors output three different desktops? The best way to hook up monitors to a graphics card is directly, without a dongle, SVGA is mostly gone. The HIS H545H512 Radeon HD 5450 (Cedar) 512MB is a low-end graphics card that has SVGA, DVI, and HDMI. You would need a dongle to connect the monitors if they are SVGA.

If you are wanting to further cut costs, change these around:

Motherboard: ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 - A simple, basic motherboard for AMD CPU's. $89

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz - Again, a basic quad-core CPU. $99

RAM: G.SKILL Value Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 - A single stick of DDR3-1333 RAM. $39

Edited by DJBPace07, 14 March 2011 - 09:41 PM.

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Posted 14 March 2011 - 09:47 PM

Yeah I just picked the i3 because it was cheap but I didn't have a particular preference on brands.

So why 1 4GB stick versus 2x2GB, don't you need to use 2 slots for dual channel? its only $6 more for the other set.

Thanks for the quick response

edit: I also mean just 3 different desktops. just so he can have 3 program windows going
Also the monitors are cheap and I think come as SVGA, not totally sure on that, I would have to look again. I think we have the dongles though

Edited by jon51, 14 March 2011 - 09:50 PM.


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Posted 15 March 2011 - 12:00 AM

Yeah I just picked the i3 because it was cheap but I didn't have a particular preference on brands.

So why 1 4GB stick versus 2x2GB, don't you need to use 2 slots for dual channel? its only $6 more for the other set.

Thanks for the quick response

edit: I also mean just 3 different desktops. just so he can have 3 program windows going
Also the monitors are cheap and I think come as SVGA, not totally sure on that, I would have to look again. I think we have the dongles though

Probably to save more money.

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Posted 15 March 2011 - 09:15 PM

Indeed, the single 4GB stick saves more cash. Dual channel memory benefits usually come into play during certain workstation/server loads or with synthetic benchmarks. During standard operating conditions, i.e. gaming or other typical home office tasks, the performance difference is not noticeable.

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Posted 16 March 2011 - 12:52 PM

I would ditch the WD blacks in favor of the WD RE4. They are built for RAID setups. I have found for me standard SATA drives just don't last under RAID
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Posted 17 March 2011 - 12:13 AM

I would ditch the WD blacks in favor of the WD RE4. They are built for RAID setups. I have found for me standard SATA drives just don't last under RAID

Fair enough :thumbup2:

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