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Old 07-06-11, 03:18 PM   #1
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So papa saget needs a machine for writing code in Visual Basic, Delphi, using VM, and of course all the regular PC uses. He would like a quad core CPU, and I think lots of RAM as well as *possibly* an SSD would be ideal. A GPU is not needed, so some really lower end card will suffice.

Now as I see it, I pretty much got two options, either I could build a new computer for him from scratch (please recommend parts though, including monitor [no less than 23inch]), and if it falls in the ~700 or lower dollar range, that would be tremendous: Midtower case, some RAM, PSU in the 500 watt range. Not sure which chipset to go for on this one though...

Or, my second option would be to pass on my own computer, minus GPU, case, and PSU, and build a 2600k based computer with a new CPU, RAM, MB.

Thoughts?

Thanks as always.
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Old 07-06-11, 03:40 PM   #2
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I would always take the opportunity to upgrade your rig...

How many VMs is he going to run at once? I'd honestly figure minimum 2G per VM if it has a GUI, 1GB if not.

SSD would be very good for running VMs and just overall performance. It probably won't fit into your price range though as you are going to need a decent sized one to make it worthwhile.
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Old 07-07-11, 02:45 PM   #3
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You should really check out the new AMD Fusion APU's. They are cheap, powerful, and low power. Also, they have a pretty powerful on-die GPU that can actually play games. Also, if he's really into programming, the chip offers a good opportunity to get into OpenCL. Let's price one out:

AMD A8-3850 Llano 2.9GHz 4MB L2 Cache Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU - $140
GIGABYTE GA-A75M-UD2H FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - $100
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory - $60
Thermaltake VL84301W2Z V3 Black Edition with 430W Power Supply ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $70
Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $60
Acer G245HBbd Black 24" 5ms Full HD WideScreen LCD Monitor - $160

Total Cost: $590

That's with 8GB RAM and a 24" LCD heh.

EDIT: Forgot a hard drive, added
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Old 07-07-11, 03:07 PM   #4
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ahhh sick. thanks.
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Old 07-07-11, 03:21 PM   #5
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how can you take over the crime syndicate if you continue to let your father live, bob?

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Old 07-07-11, 03:25 PM   #6
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How does the integrated graphics work with regards to physically plugging in the monitor? The motherboard will come with something i can use?
Seriously considering running out tomorrow or day after to grab these parts
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Old 07-07-11, 04:25 PM   #7
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How does the integrated graphics work with regards to physically plugging in the monitor? The motherboard will come with something i can use?
Seriously considering running out tomorrow or day after to grab these parts


The motherboard has a Dual Link DVI port and a VGA port.

Post some pics of this stuff when you get it.
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Old 07-07-11, 04:26 PM   #8
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Vin is lying its magic.
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Old 07-07-11, 04:30 PM   #9
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excellent. thanks guys.
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Shh, let him think there's a port there...
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Old 07-07-11, 05:18 PM   #11
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just really hate the fact some products in .ca stores are quite a bit more than in .com stores, but the exchange rate is close to 1.
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Old 07-07-11, 05:23 PM   #12
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just really hate the fact some products in .ca stores are quite a bit more than in .com stores, but the exchange rate is close to 1.
Is the PC I spec'd out a lot more than the price I listed?
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