Jakkal (jakkal) wrote,

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Thinking About A New System

So I'm looking at possibly getting a custom built machine, because the BT machine is too old at this point to do what I need for work (But it's great for internet browsing and chats, which is what I use it for now). But I need a powerhouse for work. wysiwyg sent me a real nice machine, but it's kind of quirky, and it's been crashing a lot lately, and it simply just has me a little worried (Not only is it a Dell, but an awful intel t'boot! Yes, I am NOT a fan of Intels ;). It also has a tendancy to forget it has a wacom attached to it. (That's a major pain for me) Right now I can't get any video input to the monitor. Thankfully I have this BT machine to make LJ posts :P

Well, Bow hates building machines and I don't really blame him. There's always some issues, and takes several days to get it running right. So now, I'm looking at TigerDirect's Systemax machines. They're custom built, and we have a TD store here, so I can take it there for in-house work that needs to be done on it.

But of course I could always use some advice from you nerdly types that read this journal. No, I don't want an intel, don't even suggest it. Hyperthreading just means it crashes faster :P

Remember, this machine is for my work, so it's main function is to run Photoshop C3 Ext, and run it WELL. In my experience (And I do have a lot) Intels don't last as long as AMDs and are more prone to crashing with Photoshop. I've used several different machines and configurations, and all in all, the AMDs always ran better with fewer "upsets" (as I call them). So I'm sticking to AMD. This machine will also be used for some gaming, but the only thing I play is Vanguard and SecondLife. I don't need a super awesome gaming machine, just something that's good for the casual stuff but heavy on the workload.

So here's what I'm looking at (And thankfully because it's for work, it's a tax expense :D)
AMD Athlon 64 X2 AM2 6000+ 3.0GHz Processor
Asus M2N-SLI Deluxe nVidia nForce 570 Motherboard
2x GeForce 8800GTS 320MB PCI-E SLI Mode
Corsair 4GB PC6400 DDR2 Memory
Microsoft Windows XP Professional (Fuck Vista)
850 Watt SLI Certified Power Supply
500GB (2 X 250GB SATA 7.2K) RAID 0 Stripe (Though I believe I've been told that RAID 0 is not good for me since the files are stored between drives, and if one dies I lose everything. I don't want that.)
Additional Storage Drive - 500GB SATA 7.2K

3 Year Parts & Labor Warranty w/ 1 Year Onsite
Total: $2,754.02 (Do keep in mind that I'm willing to pay this just to have their company build it and the warranty, peace of mind). There is other stuff with it that's not really important, like a media drive, and some of the other crap that comes standard on machines these days.

So what do you think? Worth it? Any other company have a better deal?
Tags: computer, work

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