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    input please! new workstation!

    Hey Guys,

    It's that time again so I had my computer tech come up with some specs for a new workstation based on the new Intel i7-4790k.
    Time is money so speed is very important. Well, speed with reasonable return on investment anyways.

    Please take a look and let me know where you think there's room for improvement. The only thing that stands out to me is getting a dual drive for the purpose of backup.

    Intel i7-4790K
    Asus Z79A Motherboard CPU OC from 3.9G to 4.7G
    Kingston HperX 32G Memory
    MSI Mid-Tower
    Thermal Take 700W Modular Power
    Seagate 480G SSD Drive
    DVD Writer
    Windows 7

    Nividia GTX760 2G video card

    Overclocking :
    Antec H20 950 watercooler



    Many thanks!

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    For a workstation I wouldn't suggest overclocking....but it looks good to me...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MPwuzhere View Post
    For a workstation I wouldn't suggest overclocking....but it looks good to me...
    If you have the knowledge to build a PC, why not take advantage of some free horsepower? Unless it's a render box, in Revit you'll hit the max CPU speed maybe 5-10% of your day so it's not really stressing anything out. On top of that, this line of processor is actually intended to be overclocked according to Intel.

    As a note to therrien, I've heard most people are only getting 4.6Ghz out of the 4790k in a stable work environment. So 4.7 might be pushing your luck. You won't know for sure til you try! As for the rest of the specs, it all looks good to me. I'd recommending going with Windows 8.1 though. It's a much faster OS, boot times, searching, opening programs... I'd never put 7 on a new machine, it's a step backwards.
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    Overclocking tends to have issues time to time where the BIOS has to be reset....not something you want to explain to higher when you have a deadline. Better to have a "stable" workstation instead of "free horsepower".

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    Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by need4mospd View Post
    .... it all looks good to me. I'd recommending going with Windows 8.1 though. It's a much faster OS, boot times, searching, opening programs... I'd never put 7 on a new machine, it's a step backwards.
    Seriously???
    Isn't 8.1 the new Vista? I have yet to hear anything positive about it.

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    8.1 works fine on my machine... I have a i7-4770K w/ 16GB ram and a GTX 760

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    Quote Originally Posted by MPwuzhere View Post
    Overclocking tends to have issues time to time where the BIOS has to be reset....not something you want to explain to higher when you have a deadline. Better to have a "stable" workstation instead of "free horsepower".
    There's a strange misconception out there that overclocked machines can't be stable. If your overclocked machine is not stable, you didn't build it right. You just have to know your limits and plan for a bit more CPU heat.

    Quote Originally Posted by therrien View Post
    Seriously???
    Isn't 8.1 the new Vista? I have yet to hear anything positive about it.
    Super seriously. Ask anyone what they don't like about Windows 8 and 95% of them will say the start screen/start menu. Then ask them how long they've ACTUALLY USED it or if they're just parroting some "tech expert" review from 3 years ago... A surprising number of people say negative things without any real world experience to back up their opinion. I love the start screen. If I didn't like it, I'm only a few minutes away from downloading Start8 or some other start menu program.

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    Quote Originally Posted by therrien View Post
    Hey Guys,

    It's that time again so I had my computer tech come up with some specs for a new workstation based on the new Intel i7-4790k.
    Time is money so speed is very important. Well, speed with reasonable return on investment anyways.

    Please take a look and let me know where you think there's room for improvement. The only thing that stands out to me is getting a dual drive for the purpose of backup.

    Intel i7-4790K
    Asus Z79A Motherboard CPU OC from 3.9G to 4.7G
    Kingston HperX 32G Memory
    MSI Mid-Tower
    Thermal Take 700W Modular Power
    Seagate 480G SSD Drive
    DVD Writer
    Windows 7

    Nividia GTX760 2G video card

    Overclocking :
    Antec H20 950 watercooler



    Many thanks!
    with the exception of the water cooling and overclocking this is an exact copy of what I ordered for my new desktop box yesterday...

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    Quote Originally Posted by need4mospd View Post
    There's a strange misconception out there that overclocked machines can't be stable. If your overclocked machine is not stable, you didn't build it right. You just have to know your limits and plan for a bit more CPU heat.


    Super seriously. Ask anyone what they don't like about Windows 8 and 95% of them will say the start screen/start menu. Then ask them how long they've ACTUALLY USED it or if they're just parroting some "tech expert" review from 3 years ago... A surprising number of people say negative things without any real world experience to back up their opinion. I love the start screen. If I didn't like it, I'm only a few minutes away from downloading Start8 or some other start menu program.
    my current machine is overclocked and I've never had an issue with it. But if I un overclock it I can't tell the difference so my new box at least initially will not be over clocked. And, it's interesting about Win 7 vs 8.1. I ordered Win 7 Pro 64 bit but am now reconsidering. I understand that Win 8.1 can be run in a mode to have the interface be like Win7. That true and if so why wouldn't I want to do that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by need4mospd View Post
    There's a strange misconception out there that overclocked machines can't be stable. If your overclocked machine is not stable, you didn't build it right. You just have to know your limits and plan for a bit more CPU heat.
    Better safe than sorry when your working with someone else's money and not your own... My comp at home is OC'd though...it's how I am still playing BF4...

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