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Entry Level Work Station recommendations
10-18-2013, 01:28 PM,
#1
Entry Level Work Station recommendations
I am looking to build an entry level work station, but noticed that the post is almost 2 year old. Any recommended changes to the build, as newer technology has emerged. I would like to stay in the ~$800 build range.

http://www.hardware-revolution.com/best-...mber-2011/

Thanks,

Drew
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10-18-2013, 02:00 PM,
#2
RE: Entry Level Work Station recommendations
What programs do you intend on using the workstation for? Is the budget for the PC only or does it need to include a monitor, keyboard, mouse, etc.?

The more you tell us, the more we can help you.
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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10-18-2013, 05:15 PM,
#3
RE: Entry Level Work Station recommendations
The computer will run 24-7, software is the basic QuickBooks, Access, Office as well some industry specific heating calculation software (which currently runs on a old core 2 duo), so nothing that will have large requirements. This machine will replace an old Dell Intel Core 2 duo that is aging and remarkable slow. I Budget is for the build only, will reuse key board etc. Current setup is a single monitor. I like the setup you have posted for the entry level workstation build, but wanted to know if you would change anything as the post is almost 2 year old. I would also like to have a Raid 1 setup for backup purposes.

May be the $800 build is overkill but I have had good success with your older entry level workstation which had an AMD Phenom II.

Thanks,

Drew
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10-22-2013, 02:14 PM, (This post was last modified: 10-22-2013, 03:08 PM by Rapajez.)
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RE: Entry Level Work Station recommendations
If that's all you're running, the Tier 1, $554 (or even Tier 0.5, $342) "Budget Gaming" Build may be a much better fit. (Ignore the word "Gaming".) The workstations are geared toward more GPU/CPU intensive tasks, but either of the above builds would smoke your old build. Plus the Gaming article is up to date. Maybe just add the recommended Cooler and PSU upgrades since it will run 24/7. http://www.hardware-revolution.com/best-...gust-2013/

You can put the extra $ toward a nice RAID setup, or an SSD to speed up the application loading. (Just make sure you pick up a SATA and power cable for each drive you add.) The move to an SSD will make Office and the other apps seem faster/more responsive than any of the other upgrades will.

I'd go with the Tier 1 Case (Corsair Carbide 200R), as it looks more professional than the Tier 0.5, and has plenty of room for a 2-disk, RAID 1 and an SSD. Check out the recently updated "Best Drive" guide for RAID and SSD recommendations. http://www.hardware-revolution.com/best-...mber-2013/
GPU: NVIDIA Titan X, CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz OC'd @ 4.5GHz, Mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme4, Mem: 2x Corsair Dominator 2133MHz 8GB, SSD: Samsung 850 EVO, Case: Corsair Carbide 500R, PSU: Corsair TX850M, CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14, Case Fans: 4x Cooler Master Excalibur 120mm PWM, Monitors: 3x ViewSonic VX2270SMH-LED in NVIDIA Surround
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