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Budget bomb proof workstation build advice?

Question asked by Joseph Thompson on Aug 22, 2015
Latest reply on Aug 28, 2015 by Joseph Thompson

My old Dell Precision M4400 (core2duo) has finally given up the ghost, so I’ve been researching putting a budget desktop build together. The old computer has crashed & corrupted hard drives on me too many times, so my emphasis on this build has been to put together a rock solid stable system on a limited budget. With that in mind I have opted for a modestly clocked Xeon and quite an expensive motherboard (although it is still half the price of an equivalent asus workstation motherboard).


I've read the March 2014 Suggested computer specs thread, among other threads.


I expect it to be used in assemblies of up to 500 parts, maybe larger occasionally. Expect to be doing some drawings, but little to no rendering.


I have already picked up the power supply & monitors on special offer, I hope to add another monitor at a later date when the budget allows.


The Firepro W4100 has popped up in several threads with people having issues with it, have these now been resolved, or would I be better off going with the older V4900 or quadro k2000? (my monitors don’t have a display port output to daisychain off a quadro k620).


This is the build I'm currently considering. Any feedback/advice would be appreciated.


PCPartPicker part list:

Price breakdown by merchant:


CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1231 V3 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor  (£196.14 @

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD3H-BK ATX LGA1150 Motherboard  (£119.59 @

Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory

Storage: Toshiba  2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  (£53.87 @

Video Card: AMD FirePro W4100 2GB Video Card

Case: Fractal Design Define R5 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case  (£78.40 @ CCL Computers)

Power Supply: Antec TruePower Classic 650W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply  (£67.92 @ CCL Computers)

Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer  (£9.36 @ CCL Computers)

Case Fan: Phanteks PH-F140XP_BK 85.2 CFM 140mm  Fan  (£18.23 @

Case Fan: Noctua NF-S12B redux-1200 PWM 59.1 CFM 120mm  Fan  (£10.89 @ Amazon UK)

Monitor: Dell P2414H 60Hz 23.8" Monitor  (£159.89 @

Monitor: Dell P2414H 60Hz 23.8" Monitor  (£159.89 @

Total: £874.18

Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

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