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Windows 7: Building a 'High Performance' Windows 7 PC

16 Apr 2009   #1
echrada

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Building a 'High Performance' Windows 7 PC

With Windows 7 release candidate just around the corner, the other day I was asked to spec out a high performance PC suitable for Windows 7 64-bit, This system would also be a great Vista system.

Note: Just to clarify that this is a “high performance” PC, and not a “sky’s the limit, money no object” system. I am therefore choosing parts that offer the best bang for the buck at the high end, and not the very best, bleeding edge components.

Here’s the spec I came up with

http://blogs.zdnet.com/hardware/?p=4154&tag=nl.e539


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16 Apr 2009   #2
kenabi

Windows 7 Enterprise (Build# 7600) x64
 
 

feh, my box performs fantastically, and i can only imagine that dumping a bit more on a high end 200 series graphics card would even out the little bit of jerkyness i have at all. i7? unless i'm hosting a billion servers and playing crysis too, i see no need for it yet. maybe some other year :v
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16 Apr 2009   #3
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by echrada View Post
With Windows 7 release candidate just around the corner, the other day I was asked to spec out a high performance PC suitable for Windows 7 64-bit, This system would also be a great Vista system.

Note: Just to clarify that this is a “high performance” PC, and not a “sky’s the limit, money no object” system. I am therefore choosing parts that offer the best bang for the buck at the high end, and not the very best, bleeding edge components.

Here’s the spec I came up with

Building a "High Performance" Windows 7 PC | Hardware 2.0 | ZDNet.com
Like all these articles it really depends on what you are doing with your system.

I have seen posts on this Forum of people installing high end motherboards, large amounts of RAM, insane amounts of Hard Disk space and generally spending oodles and oodles of moolah ($$$$'s/£££££'s/€€€€€'s etc) for doing nothing else than surfing the Net.

I'd have been very interested if the blog had actually given some indication as to what the computer was going to be used for - as I can't really see at this time (maybe in the future this type of hardware would become commonplace) what possible use could a SINGLE USER have for this type of hardware unless you were running a few Aircraft simulators and other Virtual Reality stuff.

Not trying to disparage the efforts here of putting together a good value for money great piece of kit but IMO it's a huge amount of overkill.

cheers
jimbo
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16 Apr 2009   #4
RST101

Windows 7 Ultimate x64.
 
 

Gaming jimbo! That is my use for it anyway.

EDIT: and visiting sevenforums.
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16 Apr 2009   #5
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there
even for gaming I'd imagine this would still be overkill for a Single user. -- Multi-user games is (are ?) a different ball park altogether -- but the best way of doing that would be to use something like a decent server with the processing power needed for playing the game distributed over the computing resources of the individual players - rather like a CPU distribution mechanism like SETI uses.

As a single user even playing a complex game the machine would probably be spending most of its time waiting for input from the user. The graphic component is probably the most critical resource here as the user would really notice "screen re-mapping" etc etc.

So the above machine would be able to transfer graphics almost instantly giving the user a good experience but would still essentially be spending 90% of its time in a "Wait state".

(However a well written game could still be run on more modest hardware if basic coding rules were followed - such as not "re-painting" the entire screen every time something changes - just update the changed pixels).

Cheers
(and enjoy).

I'm just off to a nice Manchester City Centre Alehouse -- one great thing about contracts in the UK -- there's some great pubs around and the Beer / Whisky etc. is quite cheap given current level of the € vs £.

Jimbo
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16 Apr 2009   #6
win7

Windows 7 Enterprise SP1 x64 Windows 8 Enterprise RTM x64
 
 

WOW, i would love that build!

I have never even used a pc with such high specs, i think its about time i pulled my finger out and ditched my ancient machines.
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16 Apr 2009   #7
skunksmash

SEVEN x64
 
 

well TBH Les, if i read that correctly it WAS a ''sky's the limit'' build

a skt775 platform is still more than capable of delivering SUPER performance, & can still deliver far more FPS than can actually be used..

here's what i'd buy...... ''high end, gaming''


CPU..... Q9550

mobo..... Asus Striker Extreme

RAM..... 8gb pc8500, brand.?? (there are too many to list)

GFX..... XFX GTX285 (later on i could add another)

PSU..... corsair HX620 or XCILIO 850w


& a few extra quid for a case & a decent HSF, but the rig above will max everything currently out there & perform like a champ @ stock settings, OCing would just be a bonus...





SK
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16 Apr 2009   #8
GreyWolf

Windows 7 x64 Build 7068
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by echrada View Post
With Windows 7 release candidate just around the corner, the other day I was asked to spec out a high performance PC suitable for Windows 7 64-bit, This system would also be a great Vista system.

Note: Just to clarify that this is a “high performance” PC, and not a “sky’s the limit, money no object” system. I am therefore choosing parts that offer the best bang for the buck at the high end, and not the very best, bleeding edge components.

Here’s the spec I came up with

Building a "High Performance" Windows 7 PC | Hardware 2.0 | ZDNet.com
Save your money and get 8Gb of RAM instead of 12. You won't notice a difference. Spend the savings on a Solid State Hard Drive instead where you will see the difference.
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16 Apr 2009   #9
GreyWolf

Windows 7 x64 Build 7068
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by skunksmash View Post
well TBH Les, if i read that correctly it WAS a ''sky's the limit'' build

a skt775 platform is still more than capable of delivering SUPER performance, & can still deliver far more FPS than can actually be used..

here's what i'd buy...... ''high end, gaming''


CPU..... Q9550

mobo..... Asus Striker Extreme

RAM..... 8gb pc8500, brand.?? (there are too many to list)

GFX..... XFX GTX285 (later on i could add another)

PSU..... corsair HX620 or XCILIO 850w


& a few extra quid for a case & a decent HSF, but the rig above will max everything currently out there & perform like a champ @ stock settings, OCing would just be a bonus...





SK
I Run the Q9550 with 8Gb of RAM ... She flies. All I need now is a SSD (Solid State Hard Drive) for additional performance
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16 Apr 2009   #10
skunksmash

SEVEN x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GreyWolf View Post
I Run the Q9550 with 8Gb of RAM ... She flies. All I need now is a SSD (Solid State Hard Drive) for additional performance
lol..... i cant believe i forgot the HDD, without it the rig i listed wont be doing a thing

but yes i'd probably have a 32gb SSD for W7 & 320gb 7200 SATA for the media..


what a great build that would be....






SK
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