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Old 01-31-2009, 11:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi,
I am in need of help with building a new desktop. When it comes to hardware - I'm always lost and I always underestimate my power. My main question is what type of motherboard, cpu, and ram should I be looking at to power my new box.

Since my desktop died, I have been working on my laptop. My laptop is a Duo core 2.0ghz, 4gb of RAM and it can't handle my workload. It's constantly freezing when I start new applications, etc.

My system will be running Ubuntu Linux (with GNOME) with the disk encrypted attached to dual 19" 1440x900 monitors.

My typical usage load consists of: using all four workspaces, with numerous xterms open, many vi windows, a couple firefoxs - many tabs, a thunderbird, pidgin, MP3 player, and a movie in VLC playing.

My heavy lifting comes into play with VMWare... I will have usually four VMWares running at all times:
- Windows XP - This will have Photoshop, Flash, other graphic/video software (not all at once)
- Windows XP - Web browsing/testing applications
- Windows XP - MS Office usage
- Linux - Used for testing purposes

I was looking at 8GB of RAM, but am unsure of the processor and motherboard. Perhaps a decent graphics card as well? I would like my machine to run stress free with the above work load along with some other usage - file explorers open, stickam video chat, maybe one or two more vmwares at times, etc.

I would say the budget is 1500$ for the entire machine. Its been years since I bought hardware like this, so if my budget is low please provide me with a realistic proposal - I can afford more if need be as this machine will essentially run my business.

Thanks so much for the help!
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Newegg.com - Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

Newegg.com - BIOSTAR TpowerX58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

Newegg.com - OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

Newegg.com - EVGA 896-P3-1258-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 SSC Edition 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD Burner - CD / DVD Burners

Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Power Supplies

comes in at 1188, leaving plenty for a case of choice and any kind of accessories.
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+1 for philbar's build.
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Thanks for the fast and full post!

I went to order the hardware and the RAM you recommended is now priced at the full price of 269$. I noticed that the ram below seems to be faster and is on sale at 205$ currently. Is this RAM a better deal or should I stick with the other RAM? OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 15000) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory
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^ that's some good ram you found. at a good price. these are the exact same but have a better heatsink, the ram running at this speed will need the beefer heatsink. it's only $5 more.

Newegg.com - OCZ Reaper HPC 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 15000) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory
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Awesome. Thanks for all the help. I'll be sure to post back when I get it all setup
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Thanks for the help - The system came out great!!

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cool, i didnt know linux sipported hyperthreading. good to see it turned out well
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