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Old 01-14-2011, 03:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default i5 build: Sandy Bridge vs. Lynnfield for office computer

Which would be better for an office computer that needs to be fast to program other peripherals?
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Default Re: i5 build: Sandy Bridge vs. Lynnfield for office computer

the i5 SB is probably the fastest chip.
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Yes, I had come to that conclusion after some further research. Plus I am not planning on doing any gaming really on this computer, so was planning on using the integrated graphics. Is there much difference between HD3000 and HD2000 graphics? Here is what I have so far:

Case: Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case (don't much care for this case as I have it in another office, would love a $50 mid tower suggestion)

CPU: Newegg.com - Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

MOBO: Newegg.com - BIOSTAR TH67XE LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Memory: Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

SSD: Newegg.com - Corsair Nova CSSD-V32GB2-BRKT 2.5" 32GB SATA II Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

PSU: Newegg.com - RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-530SS 530W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular LED Power Supply

Optical: Newegg.com - ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - CD / DVD Burners

Total(before OS): $590

I don't have a limit on price, but the lower the better to look good for the boss. What do you think of this machine? Keep in mind.....it is being upgraded from a P4 system with 512 MB of RAM.
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Default Re: i5 build: Sandy Bridge vs. Lynnfield for office computer

Well as its work, save 3 bucks for the non k.

No clue on the gpu thing.

What OS are you putting on it, as 32Gig is pretty small.

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I MEANT 30 BUCKS
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Windows 7 64-bit.....probably Home Premium to save a few bucks.

32 Gig is small, but the one it is replacing is probably 7 or 8 years old and has only used 10 GB in that time.
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Well as its work, save 3 bucks for the non k.
I just switched it to the 2400 instead. I don't really need the 2500K. I think when I picked it I thought I might play games on it, but I won't ever. So the 2400 would be fine.
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Newegg.com - Rosewill DESTROYER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 120mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan, 1x Top 120mm Fan, 1x Bottom Fan
^ Good case + fans. If you don't like the LED, just unplug them

Newegg.com - Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500
^ Same processor, just no/little overclocking, which I'm assuming you're not doing anyway?

As for the SSD, win7 64-bit takes 20gb from original install, and after updates and other programs that automatically install on the C: ...you may run out of space
Newegg.com - OCZ Vertex Series OCZSSD2-1VTX60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
I'd recommend this one, cheapest 60gb
or
Newegg.com - OCZ Agility 2 OCZSSD2-2AGT50G 2.5" 50GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Which is $60 off at the moment.
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Night Fox, what do you think about this SSD. I had just switched to it before I saw your post.

Newegg.com - Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC064MAG-1G1 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

It is SATA III.....I haven't been paying attention since SATA II. Is there a big difference or is the bottleneck elsewhere?
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Default Re: i5 build: Sandy Bridge vs. Lynnfield for office computer

Looks like an Antec 900 knockoff......which isn't a bad thing considering the computer I am using right now has a 900 case.

I like it much better, thanks for the suggestion.
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That SSD is better; it certainly is faster. However, what will this drive be doing? I have an OCZ Vertex 2 60gb and it lowers my bootup time considerably...the only thing making it take 30 seconds is the BIOS booting up; windows takes about 10. With mine, i have, win7 64-bit, all my startup programs (google talk, xfire, norton, steam) as well as all my steam games (just black ops :P ) and google chrome and I have 17gb left, which is where I want to keep it to leave room for win7 updates and other programs that use the Application Data folder.

Reading files and loading websites is much quicker while switching from a standard 7,200 rpm drive to SSD. The SATA III will definitely increase the speeds, and pay just $10 more is probably worth it (compared to the 60gb drive) or you could go with slightly slower speeds and 10gb less space and save $34. But it's up to you.
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