GIS desktop build questions

Discussion in 'Build Your Own PC' started by Grenwyck, Jan 9, 2012.

  1. Grenwyck

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    Hi all,

    This will be my second build. Primary use is as a work desktop slanted for statistics and GIS. I have some parts already (DVD drive, OS, monitor, GPU) and budget is around $600. I am NOT planning on buying everything at once, but over the next month or so. I'm looking for this build to last at least 5 years, with the possibility of its primary use changing after the wife finishes doctoral program. I had originally thought to go with an i5 to reduce costs, but am guessing that GIS (ArcGIS 10) will benefit from a better processor with hyperthreading capability.

    Processor: Newegg.com - Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I72600K
    Mobo: Newegg.com - MSI P67A-G43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard(currently a combo with the processor...otherwise I'd look at something else)
    RAM: Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
    PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA-650 Green
    GPU: EVGA GeForce 8800gt (plan to upgrade later)
    OS: Windows 7 Pro 64bit
    Case: Newegg.com - Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan
    SSD: Newegg.com - OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-60G 2.5" 60GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    HDD: External Seagate 500 GB via USB (will upgrade later to internal drive)

    (EDIT: I see that GSkill is not highly regarded currently, so I'm not set on this. I've used Corsair previously. /EDIT) I know some of this is going to push over the budgeted amount, but I'd rather go a bit over for quality that will last longer. Advice is gladly welcome. Thanks in advance.
     
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  3. Grenwyck

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    Run w/ an i5-2500k then?

    Thanks, jdeb.

    CPU: Intel Core i5-2500k
    Newegg.com - Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K

    I had quickly looked at a couple of the Z68 boards. I used an ASUS in a previous build, and their products have been good to me. I know GIGABYTE is reliable, but I don't remember seeing ASRock the last time I seriously looked at things.

    Mobo: ASUS P8Z68-V LE LGA 1155 Intel Z68?
    Newegg.com - ASUS P8Z68-V LE LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

    or maybe GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68?
    Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    I'll take your suggestion on the Corsair RAM. I went back and changed it to their model with the heat spreaders. Everything else about it looked the same.

    I bought an Intel 320 120GB for my desktop a few weeks ago. I may go that route again, it's been great for the short time I've used it.
     
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  4. glc

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    I would get the low profile ram without the heatspreaders to allow for possibly installing an aftermarket CPU cooler if needed.

    I'd get a 40gb Intel SSD and a standard hard drive and use SRT. You may be able to use the onboard graphics for that use.
     
  5. Grenwyck

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    Thanks for the input, glc.

    Yes, I'll go with the low profile ram. I think I meant to say that before I saw jdeb's post, I had changed it to the model with the heatspreaders. I didn't think to look for the same model without them.

    Also, interesting timing on the post. Newegg is running a shell shocker deal today, but this isn't the one jdeb linked to. Is there any difference between (other than color):

    Newegg.com - CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9
    and
    Newegg.com - CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9B

    Also, double checking, if I went with the Challenger-U3 case, would I have a problem plugging in the 20-pin USB 3.0 cable to the ASUS P8Z68-V LE LGA 1155 Intel Z68? I'm pretty sure I saw the USB 3.0 onboard connector in a photo, and I saw it listed on the ASUS website.
     
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    The board has two ports for USB 3.0 on the back panel. It also has one 20-1 pin USB 3.0 connector on the motherboard for a front panel case connection.
     
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    Same ram, go for the shellshocker deal.
     
  8. Grenwyck

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    Built and running

    Wanted to say thanks for the input one last time. Got it all put together on Sunday without a hitch. The better half seems to be really happy with it.

    I went with the ASUS board. The USB 3 ports required a software install from the motherboard disc to recognize anything (I guess that's standard at this time, though).

    It was kind of difficult to do a really clean cable management job with the case. The motherboard butts right up against the top case fan. It would have been nice if I could have routed some cables behind the mobo, but it'll do.
     
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