My new Workstation specPublished: Sat, 01 Oct 2011 18:55:45 GMT
My current workstation is a Dell Dimension 9200 and it has served me well for the past 6 years or so, but it is starting to show its age, so I decided to build myself a new one.
The most intensive work I do on my workstation is editing large photos from my DSLR, and editing HD video from the same camera. A nice fast processor and lots of RAM will make a huge difference.
I found that amazon.co.uk had very competitive prices and this has the added advantage of only dealing with one supplier - you may be able to find some of the parts cheaper else where, the prices seem to change daily! The prices below are correct as of 30/09/2011.
Intel Sandybridge i7-2600 Core i7 Quad-Core Processor (3.40GHz, 8MB Cache, Socket 1155) £230.04 Buy one for yourself at Amazon
Note: When I received this processor, it came with a small heatsink and fan. The heatsink has thermal compound pre-applied. You can probably save yourself some money by not buying the CPU cooler I have specified below.
Gigabyte Z68X-UD5-B3 (GA-Z68X-UD5-B3) £261.91 Buy one for yourself at Amazon This motherboard allows overclocking the CPU, and I have read at least one report of the i7 2600 being overclocked to 4GHz, so I may give this a go. If I was more serious about overclocking, I would have gone for the unlocked 2600k which is only a few quid more expensive.
M4A1600CCorsair CMZ16GX39B 16GB (4x4GB) 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 Vengeance Blu Memory Four Module Kit £90.18 Buy one for yourself at Amazon
Gigabyte GV-R687OC-1GD; 1024 MB; GDDR5-SDRAM; 256 bit; 4200 MHz; ATI Radeon; Radeon HD 6870 (GV-R687OC-1GD) £219.10 Buy one for yourself at Amazon
CiT 750W Power Supply Unit with PSU and Dual 12V Rails - Black Edition £27.99 Buy one for yourself at Amazon This is a pretty cheap power supply - I'll see how it holds up and maybe upgrade to something better if necessary. As expected, this power supply wasn't up to the job. The motherboard needs a 20+4-pin ATX power connecter and an extra 4+4-pin CPU power connector. Additionally, the Graphics card needs 2x6-pin PCI-E power connectors which were not all available on the cheap power supply. I bought an OCZ TECHNOLOGY OCZ-ZS750W-UK OCZ ZS Series 750W Power Supply from the ever helpful Silicon Edinburgh Buy one for yourself at Amazon
Seagate ST31000524AS 3.5 inch Barracuda 1TB GB 7200rpm SATA Drive with 32MB Buffer £44.29 Buy one for yourself at Amazon
Sony AD-7261S-0B 24x Internal DVDRWRAM SATA Black Lightscribe £18.02 Buy one for yourself at Amazon
Zalman CNPS9900-NT CPU Cooler (PC World £29.97) Buy one for yourself at Amazon (£36.99) I've heard really good things about this CPU cooler, and it should keep the chip a reasonable temperature if I do decide to overclock - besides, it's got a green LED fan, so it must be good ;-) Note: This cooler comes with a tube of thermal grease, so you don't need to buy any extra unless you have a preferred brand.
Antec Three Hundred Midi Case £49.98