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New Build Suggestions / Compatablity Check

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#1 naeem.ebrahimjee


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Posted 23 April 2013 - 08:17 AM

Hi Everyone!


I am currently about to order some components for a new home-office setup. I run a small business from home, and two users spend most the day on two machines doing office work. At once 200 tabs can be easily open in Windows 7. Typically programs such as Photoshop CS4, Dreamweaver CS4, Illustrator CS4, Outlook, Word, Excel, Google Chrome etc are used. There is little use of games but a bit of high end graphics.


The last build we did was 7 years ago and I would like this new office setup to last just as long. (So need it to be powerful enough to be future proof). I will be building two new towers (same spec) and adding two current desktops and two laptops into the new network as well.


Can you please take a look at the below components I am considering and let me know if there are any compatibility issues or if you have any better suggestions. (I am buying new parts for everything...)


I plan to put the two 1 Terabyte hard drives into a raid 1 array. I plan on using the Motherboard in built Raid function. (Windows 7 Home Premium doesn’t have raid unless I get a more expensive version and I cannot justify spending more money on a hardware raid controller.)


I know this past is VERY long but thank you for your help and understanding! Since the time I last did a build the whole computing component world has changed so many times!! I really feel left behind... ... ...




Computer Components (For two Machines):


CPU – Intel Core i7 3770k 305Ghz (http://www.ebuyer.com/349026-intel-core-i7-3770k-3-5ghz-socket-1155-8mb-cache-retail-boxed-processor-bx80637i73770k)


Motherboard – Asus P8Z77-V (http://www.ebuyer.com/363230-asus-p8z77-v-socket-1155-vga-dvi-displayport-hdmi-8-channel-audio-atx-p8z77-v)


Memory – Crucial 8GB DDR3 1600Mhz Ballistix Tactical Memory (http://www.ebuyer.com/311813-crucial-8gb-ddr3-1600mhz-ballistix-tactical-memory-blt2cp4g3d1608dt1tx0ceu)


Graphics Card – Sapphire HD 7870 Ghz Over Clocked Edition 2GB GDDR5 (http://www.ebuyer.com/413364-sapphire-hd-7870-ghz-oc-edition-dual-dvi-hdmi-displayport-pci-e-graphics-11199-19-20g)


CPU cooling – Corsair Hydro Series H55 HP Liquid CPU Cooler (http://www.ebuyer.com/410726-corsair-hydro-series-h55-socket-1155-1156-1366-2011-am2-am3-fm1-cw-9060010-ww)


Boot Hard Drive – Kingston 120GB HyperX 3K SSD (http://www.ebuyer.com/363436-kingston-120gb-hyperx-3k-ssd-sh103s3-120g)


Data HDD 1 – WD 1TB Blue Desktop Drive (http://www.ebuyer.com/393482-wd-1tb-blue-desktop-drive-wd10ezex)


Data HDD 2 – WD 1TB Blue Desktop Drive (http://www.ebuyer.com/393482-wd-1tb-blue-desktop-drive-wd10ezex)


DVD DRIVE 1 – LG Internal 24x Bulk DVDRW (http://www.ebuyer.com/411747-lg-internal-24x-bulk-dvdrw-gh24ns95)


DVD DRIVE 2 – LG Internal 24x Bulk DVDRW (http://www.ebuyer.com/411747-lg-internal-24x-bulk-dvdrw-gh24ns95)


CASE – X-Case Defender Gaming Case (http://www.xcase.co.uk/product-p/case-x-case-defender.htm)


PSU – Corsair TXM850W Modular PSU (http://www.ebuyer.com/279546-corsair-txm-850w-modular-psu-cp-9020004-uk)


ADDITIONAL CASE FANS – 120mm Fan (http://www.ebuyer.com/229071-startech-60x25mm-high-air-flow-dual-ball-bearing-computer-case-fan-w-fan6x25tx3h)





Computer Peripherals (For two Machines):


Monitor – LG E2442V-BN 24” LED LCD HDMI Monitor (http://www.ebuyer.com/365856-lg-24-led-wide-monitor-dvi-hdmi-tilt-e2442v-bn)


Keyboard / Mouse – Logitech MK260 Wireless (http://www.ebuyer.com/255958-logitech-mk260-wireless-keyboard-and-mouse-920-002997)


Webcam Logitech C170 Webcam (http://www.ebuyer.com/267817-c170-webcam-in-960-000759)


USB Headset – Trust Mauro USB Headset (http://www.ebuyer.com/352915-trust-mauro-usb-headset-17591)


Operating System - Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (http://www.ebuyer.com/259863-microsoft-windows-7-home-premium-w-sp1-licence-and-media-1-gfc-02050)





General Office Equipment:


UPS Backup – APC Smart-UPS 1500 LCD AC 230V 980 Watt 1500 VA RS-232 (http://www.ebuyer.com/226810-apc-smart-ups-1500-lcd-ups-ac-230-v-980-watt-1500-va-smt1500i)


UPS Cables – Power Extension Cord (5m) (http://www.ebuyer.com/171626-cablestogo-kettle-lead-power-extension-cord-5-metre-88506)


Network Router – ­Netgear ProSafe GS108 8-port (http://www.ebuyer.com/47407-netgear-prosafe-gs108-8-port-gigabit-metal-desktop-switch-gs108uk)


Network Lan Cables – Xenta Cat5e UTP Patch Cable (http://www.ebuyer.com/123020-xenta-cat5e-utp-snagless-patch-cable-black-5m-96067value)


Colour Printer – Epson WorkForce WF 7015 Wireless A3 Inkjet Printer (http://www.ebuyer.com/291050-workforce-wf-7015-4800x1200dpi-in-c11cb59301)

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