Solved Statistician wanting to purchase new desktop/tower comptuer

November 25, 2012 at 18:12:54
Specs: Windows

I am a statistician and am planning on purchasing a high-end desktop and/or tower. I work with huge data sets and want a blazing fast computer. I DO NOT need a computer for gaming at all.

I use SAS and Microsoft software all the time.

I would like to buy a system from HP/Lenovo/Dell rather than build my own.

I am willing to spend between $2,500 and $5,000.

Any help would greatly be appreciated!

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November 25, 2012 at 19:26:44

Honestly, if you spend that kinda of money anything you buy should work just fine. Number crunching requires processing power so at that price you'd probably get atleast a quad core processor which will do the number crunching just fine. Aside from that, the more ram the better. A good gaming system would share those traits, but they usually put a better graphics card in system, whereas you would not require such a high end card. I think in the price you are looking you should get what you are looking for. I would shoot for 8g of ram or higher.

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November 25, 2012 at 22:53:22

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November 25, 2012 at 23:56:05
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As you have a decent budget in mind I would suggest buying from somewhere that you can specify additional components, rather than buying a box off the shelf (Dell, for example). One of the big boosts in speed can be achieved by having a solid state drive (SSD) as your main drive, and then a decent size second drive for your data. Numerical data doesn't actually take up massive amounts of space so 1Tb should be more than adequate, and use the savings to buy a decent back-up system. As mentioned, a decent amount of memory (RAM) will also help, so look at 8Gb. Apart from that, just about any mainstream processor would be able to do the job, though for your budget you may as well go for an Intel i7. Finally, if you haven't already got a monitor then make sure you get a decent sized, fast one - possibly even two monitors if it helps with large spreadshetts etc..

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November 26, 2012 at 00:31:37

I never understood why so many people throw the money into ssd so that their system can boot faster. The boot time difference between ssd and mechanical hard drives isn't not that big, with win 8 the difference is so little.

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November 26, 2012 at 02:17:28

When number crunching is involved, it is processing power/speed together with memory that is needed.

I wonder if a server used as a standalone would be more preferable for this task.

One needs to compare specs.

There have been some worries about the life of ssd drives in recent times.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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November 26, 2012 at 06:16:55

Thanks - this us helpful info!


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November 26, 2012 at 06:19:41

Thanks JohnR - this is great! Should I consider a server?

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