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AaronGiles
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Recommendations for (close to) stock systems?
10/11/17 11:23 AM


So my desktop system is now over 7 years old and I figure it might be time to invest in something that can do better on the more heavy-duty games in MAME.

Current system is a Dell Precision T3500, running a quad-core 8-threaded Xeon W3530 @ 2.8GHz. I've had good luck with Dells over the years.

Here's what I'm looking for:
* High-end CPU that's great for running MAME but also lots of cores for other tasks (building, Photoshop, video encoding, etc)
* Rock-solid stable motherboard
* Well-designed case with room for an optical drive and several HDDs, quiet fans
* Ideally available in a stock system or something that is trivially easy to slap together

Things I'm not concerned about:
* Overclocking to the edge (happy to run at stock speed or slightly overclocked on air)
* Graphics card (currently have a 2GB GeForce GTX 750 Ti, which seems to be totally adequate for what I need)
* Audio interface (happy with my current USB interface)
* Disks (know where to get them)
* RAM (know where to get it)
* OS (easy enough)

Honestly I hate playing with hardware and tweaking, so I'll avoid anything that is too complicated or risks stability. I just want to get a fast system that works.

Thanks in advance for any ideas!







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* Recommendations for (close to) stock systems? AaronGiles 10/11/17 11:23 AM
. * Re: Recommendations for (close to) stock systems? RdW  10/15/17 10:12 AM
. * Re: Recommendations for (close to) stock systems? tedgreen  10/11/17 06:08 PM
. * Re: Recommendations for (close to) stock systems? R. Belmont  10/11/17 06:00 PM
. * Re: Recommendations for (close to) stock systems? AaronGiles  10/11/17 06:28 PM
. * Re: Recommendations for (close to) stock systems? Roman  10/16/17 03:05 PM
. * Re: Recommendations for (close to) stock systems? krick  10/11/17 08:09 PM
. * Re: Recommendations for (close to) stock systems? tedgreen  10/11/17 06:55 PM
. * Re: Recommendations for (close to) stock systems? AaronGiles  10/11/17 08:18 PM
. * Re: Recommendations for (close to) stock systems? tedgreen  10/11/17 11:42 PM
. * Re: Recommendations for (close to) stock systems? krick  10/11/17 11:39 PM
. * Re: Recommendations for (close to) stock systems? krick  10/11/17 04:11 PM
. * Re: Recommendations for (close to) stock systems? Haze  10/11/17 07:49 PM
. * Re: Recommendations for (close to) stock systems? R. Belmont  10/12/17 05:00 PM
. * Re: Recommendations for (close to) stock systems? Haze  10/11/17 02:34 PM
. * Re: Recommendations for (close to) stock systems? R. Belmont  10/11/17 05:47 PM

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