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Advice for new build for 70-290 and possibly photoshopping and other stuff

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by j1mgg, Mar 13, 2012.

  1. j1mgg

    j1mgg Kilobyte Poster

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    Advice and new system required
    I am looking to build a new desktop machine.

    Reasons being, I am hopefully going to be starting my 70-290 mcsa exam and taking a couple of courses for photography as I have recently got a dslr.

    My current system is amd 5600+, 4 x 1gb ddr2 pc6400, 90GB SSD, 2TB Sata, Radeon HD3600 Graphics card, BDR Optical drive and a standard HP case.

    With my studies I am guessing I will need more Ram and maybe a bit more processing power to run server 2003 and a few machines using VM software. With the cost of DDR2 ram i thought iw ould just upgrade to DDR3 system board.

    I have retail win7 32 and 64 discs so an OS isnt needed wither

    Hopefully should have about £300 maybe a bit more depending on how much I can flog my current machine for.

    Any ideas as I have kept up with any of the new technology and who is leading the war between intel and amd.

    Some stuff I have been looking at

    G-Skill 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600Mhz RipjawsX Memory Kit.. | Ebuyer.com

    Corsair Vengeance PC Memory 8GB 2x4GB DDR3 SDRAM DIMM 240-pin 1600MHz CL9 XMP | eBay

    and possibly a new amd3/intel i processor

    All help much appreciated
     
    Certifications: Comptia A+, ITIL V3 Foundation, MCDST, 70-270, 70-290
    WIP: 70-291, security+ and SSCP
  2. dales

    dales Gigabyte Poster

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    Yes you would probably want to up the ram by a bit, I found that recently too with ddr2 so I built a new whitebox and sold my old ddr2 based servers. With 2003 you can actually be quite frugal with the memory and 512MB for each vm gives you respectable performance. As too which processor... one mans poison and all that. I would also recommend oracles virtualbox for a free type2 hypervisor for your studies personally I think its the best one unless you can justify shelling out for vmware workstation.
     
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    WIP: Nothing
  3. j1mgg

    j1mgg Kilobyte Poster

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    Thanks for the reply

    This is what has been advised at the moment

    Intel 2500K, Z86 1155 motherboard, 8GB DDR3, HD 6850 and Coolermaster 330 + 500W PSU combo
     
    Certifications: Comptia A+, ITIL V3 Foundation, MCDST, 70-270, 70-290
    WIP: 70-291, security+ and SSCP
  4. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

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    I would probably upgrade to 16gb if you can, also depending on what graphics program you're using you may want to have a look at Nvidia cards (it depends on whether they application uses CUDA).

    As far as virtualisation software is concerned don't forget about VMware Player, it's free and also a good tool for light hearted virtualisation (Dale, shame on you :eek: oh and nice new blog url :))
     
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    WIP: VCP6-CMA, VCAP-DCD and Linux + (and possibly VCIX-NV).
  5. dales

    dales Gigabyte Poster

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    Shame on me indeed, yes didn't really think about player that much for freebies though I do REALLY like virtualbox, but have not played with player for a while. 16GB is worthwhile (which is the same amount that I have) I thought though maybe for 2k3 boxes OP could get away with 8 while being frugal with vram allocation the 290 exam from memory really doesn't need any more than 3-4 lightweight vm's running at the time.

    Thanks Simon about the url, couldnt get the .com but it expires not too far away so I'll try and snap it up then, as I'm moving away from inhouse support the old blog didn't seem to fit my new direction so I'll archive it off eventually to wordpress.com so I dont have to pay the hosting fee for it.
     
    Certifications: vExpert 2014+2015+2016,VCP-DT,CCE-V, CCE-AD, CCP-AD, CCEE, CCAA XenApp, CCA Netscaler, XenApp 6.5, XenDesktop 5 & Xenserver 6,VCP3+5,VTSP,MCSA MCDST MCP A+ ITIL F
    WIP: Nothing
  6. j1mgg

    j1mgg Kilobyte Poster

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    Thanks for the replies

    At the moment looking at

    I5 2500K
    MSI P67A-GD53(B3)
    2(possibly 4) x 4GB gskill ripjaws 1600mhz
    Gelid Tranquillo rev 2 cooler

    This is just a quick look after seeing this months custom pc mag

    Will probably do with the onboard hd graphics for amonth or 2

    Still looking at PSU and cases although may swing to an antec 100 or a coolmaster elite 430
     
    Certifications: Comptia A+, ITIL V3 Foundation, MCDST, 70-270, 70-290
    WIP: 70-291, security+ and SSCP
  7. soundian

    soundian Gigabyte Poster

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    The 290 MSPress book only specifies one 2003 and one XP machine as required.
    I have a very similar spec on my main rig as your current rig (slightly slower CPU, slightly faster RAM)and I have no issues running a W7 64 bit host with one 2K8R2 and one 2K3R2 running in virtualbox. I'm only using 3.1 GB (and that's with football manager eating up half a gig) so I'm surprised you're having issues with your current set up.
    The 291 only specifies two computers as required as well.
     
    Certifications: A+, N+,MCDST,MCTS(680), MCP(270, 271, 272), ITILv3F, CCENT
    WIP: Knuckling down at my new job
  8. j1mgg

    j1mgg Kilobyte Poster

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    Just looking to get a new machine.

    Not started the book yet, but expected it to maybe have more machines than that for testing out practices.
     
    Certifications: Comptia A+, ITIL V3 Foundation, MCDST, 70-270, 70-290
    WIP: 70-291, security+ and SSCP
  9. j1mgg

    j1mgg Kilobyte Poster

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    Looks like i have settled on

    i5 2500k
    MSI P67a-GD53 B3
    G.Skill 1600mhz 4 x 4gb
    Be Quiet Dark Rock advanced cooler
    Antec 300 2 case
    XFX 750W Black Edition Modular PSU

    just under £500

    Will be adding my SSD 90GB, 2TB hdd and using my crap graphics card for amonth or 2 until i can afford a new one.
     
    Certifications: Comptia A+, ITIL V3 Foundation, MCDST, 70-270, 70-290
    WIP: 70-291, security+ and SSCP

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