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Old 08-20-2018, 03:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Used Workstation - which to buy?

Hi all

I currently have an i5 2400 / 8 Ram / nvidia 430 Gfx. I mostly use my PC for desktop work, and rarely for some video editing (very rarely).

I will be moving countries and thought of buying a workstation, mainly for the ECC ram - since I will be writing my doctoral thesis and thus to have an added layer of protection for the data. Most of my work will be writing the thesis, and once I get the surveys done run some mathematical algorithms on it. Nothing big.

What do you suggest I buy out of these used workstation systems pls:

Option 1 -T3500
2.4 Hexa (E5645)
12 ECC
Quadro 2000
£209 - 3 months warranty

Option 2 -HPZ400
3.07 Quad (W3550)
16 ECC
Quadro 1800
£219 - 1 year warranty


Option 3 -HPZ400
2.4 Hexa (E5645)
12 ECC
Quadro 2000
£214 - 3 months warranty

Option 4 -HPZ400
2.4 Hexa (X5650)
12 ECC
Quadro 2000
£229 - 3 months warranty

Option 5 -HPZ400
3.2 Hexa (W3670)
12 ECC
Quadro 2000
£240 - 3 months warranty

Option 6 -Lenovo D20
DUAL: 2.26 Quad (E5507)
16 ECC
Quadro 2000
£246 - 3 months warranty

Many thanks for your help
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Default Re: Used Workstation - which to buy?

Honestly your current machine is fine and better than most of what you listed. ECC won't really help for your application much.
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Default Re: Used Workstation - which to buy?

I will be moving countries, so need to buy something in the UK now.

The 2000 is faster according to benchmarks to 430GT when it comes to CUDA

Furthermore the slowest cpu is more or less the i5 right? but the others should be better than the i5.

I need a workstation for the peace of mind that the hardware is stable
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All of the machines listed are a full generation behind your current i5. Unless you have a specific application that takes specific advantage of more than 4 cores or CUDA they would all be slower in general purpose computing than your current machine. Workstations also don't guaranteed stability, especially at that age. I've had ECC RAM die on me and the HDDs that normally come in these things die pretty quickly too.

Your best option on those listed would be option 5.
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