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$1250 Workstation Build
01-03-2011, 04:57 PM,
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$1250 Workstation Build
Thanks to the HR for all the great advice!

I plan to build the $1250 Workstation as it is listed in HR with a some exceptions, GPU: GIGABYTE GV-R687OC-1GD Radeon HD 6870 1GB, because I want to be able to do some casual gaming.

I can’t decide on the case. I am looking at: 1) LIAN LI PC-9F; 2) ANTEC 183 and 3) NZXT Phantom PHAN-001BK.

I want this to be a quiet, reliable PC.

Is the GPU a good choice overall or overkill and will it work with the ASUS Saberthooth MOBO? (I don’t see it on the MOBO supported list.)

Which is the best quiet case?
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01-03-2011, 05:46 PM,
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RE: $1250 Workstation Build
I recommend the Antec P183. It comes with noise-dampening side panels and a clean look. However the NZXT Phantom and Lian Li PC-9F are both excellent alternatives.
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01-03-2011, 05:49 PM,
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RE: $1250 Workstation Build
Also good to know: You might want to wait a bit before ordering your parts, I'll be updating the $1250 Workstation in the close future (~next two weeks) with the eminent release of Intel's new Core i3, i5, i7 2xxx CPUs.
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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01-03-2011, 05:53 PM, (This post was last modified: 01-03-2011, 05:56 PM by Atlantis.)
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RE: $1250 Workstation Build
Thanks for your comments on the case choice...if I go with the ANTEC P183, should I go with the special ANTEC 850W PS that is made for that case or Seasonic Gold 750W.

Any comments on the GPU I am looking at?
I will wait on the new $1250 Workstation HR Listing...Thanks.......I'm also hoping this new Intel release will cause some price drops!
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01-04-2011, 07:00 PM,
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RE: $1250 Workstation Build
Not sure if I'm right or not but.. I noticed that, based of newegg on both the GPU and the MoBo you choose, that the GPU has a 2.1x16 Interface and the MoBo has 2.0x16.

Whether that .1 makes a difference, I'm not positive. But I'd assume that means the two aren't compatible with one another.
Case: Antec Illusion 300 l Motherboard: ASUS P7P55D-E Pro l CPU: i7-870 Quad Core l Cooling: Corsair H50 - 3x120mm - 1x140mm l RAM: 4 GB G.Skill l GPU: MSI GTX 460 Hawk l Sound: Integrated l Storage: 1 TB HDD l PSU: Seasonic 620W l Monitor: ASUS 21.5" 1080p l Keyboard: Logitech G110 l Mouse: Logitech M705 l Speakers: Logitech S-220

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01-04-2011, 08:47 PM, (This post was last modified: 01-04-2011, 08:50 PM by Andrew J.)
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RE: $1250 Workstation Build
Virtually every motherboard is 2.0 and every (new) video card is 2.1. Yes they are compatible. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pci-express...xpress_2.1 for more info.
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01-05-2011, 12:42 PM,
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RE: $1250 Workstation Build
Thanks for the Information on the GPU interface.

I am going to wait on the new HR $1250 build to see what impact Sandy Bridge will have.
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01-05-2011, 04:56 PM,
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RE: $1250 Workstation Build
+1 for the info regarding the interface, thank you! I just learned something new.
Case: Antec Illusion 300 l Motherboard: ASUS P7P55D-E Pro l CPU: i7-870 Quad Core l Cooling: Corsair H50 - 3x120mm - 1x140mm l RAM: 4 GB G.Skill l GPU: MSI GTX 460 Hawk l Sound: Integrated l Storage: 1 TB HDD l PSU: Seasonic 620W l Monitor: ASUS 21.5" 1080p l Keyboard: Logitech G110 l Mouse: Logitech M705 l Speakers: Logitech S-220

Late '09 Unibody MacBook - Core 2 Duo - 4 GB RAM - 500 GB HDD
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