Question Workstation PC configuration

Should I choose System 1, 2 or 3? Or Alternative 1 or 2? P.S. You cna choose multiple answers.

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Compuser10165

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I am looking to request a pc configuration from my university as I require it in a research project. The pc will be paid for from the project funds. I have been informed that I have a budget euivalent to 1150 USD (the operating system is not included in this price) but consider that prices for IT components are higher were I live (for example, a Ryzen 7 3700X is about 400 USD). Since the pc acquisition needs to take place through a public acquisition, prebuilts are my only options despite being very knowledgeable in building pc's.
The use case for the pc will be Micromagnetic Simulations (I require an Nvidia GPU for CUDA - not a very powerful GPU is required), Labview NXG, Light Neural Networks Simulation, Data Acquisition (through a future dedicated DAQ board) etc. So not very resource hungry tasks (no crazy amounts RAM or storage, but I want to have an SSD and HDD), but I intend to future proof the pc as much as I can. I have searched for numerous configurations within my budget and I have selected five that are available and meet my requirements and also seem to have decent quality components ( e.g. Seasonic S12II-620 Power Supply and good airflow case) . The system will be hooked to a DELL 60 Hz 4K IPS monitor.
I am asking for suggestions regarding which system to get for now and for the future use. I was leaning towards System 1 ( I can also overclok System 1 and 2), but I may leverage the extra GPU power the Intel System provides. My only caveat regarding system 1 and 2 is that I would have preffered a Ryzen R7 3700X/R7 3800X or even Ryzen 5 3600 but such a configuration is not available. I also searched "Gaming" PC's but most of what I found have a serious deficit in components quality (e.g. Ryzen 3700X with A320M chipset motherboard).

The five configurations are as follows:
System 1:
AMR Ryzen 7 2700X , 16 Gb (2x8Gb) Corsair Veangeance LPX 3000 Mhz, 4TB HDD (Seagate barracuda 5400 RPM, 256 MB cache) + 512GB SSD (Adata SX6000 Pro) , Gigabyte GTX 1660 Ti 6GB GDDR6, Gigabyte Aorus B450 M.
https://www.pcgarage.ro/sisteme-pc-garage/pc-garage/workstation-graphic-signal/


System 2:

AMR Ryzen 7 2700X , 16 Gb (2x8Gb) Corsair Veangeance LPX 3000 Mhz, 2TB HDD (seagate barracuda 7200 RPM, 256 MB cache) + 480GB SSD (Kingston A400, 480GB) + 1TB PCI-E SSD (Intel 660p 1TB), Asus TUF Gaming GTX 1660 6GB GDDR5, Asus Prime B450-Plus.
https://www.pcgarage.ro/sisteme-pc-garage/pc-garage/workstation-video-gamma/



System 3:
Intel i5-9400F 2.9GHz Coffee Lake, 16 Gb (2x8Gb) HyperX Fury Black 2666 Mhz, 512GB SSD (Intel 660p 512Gb) + 4TB HDD (Seagate barracuda 5400 RPM, 256 MB cache), Inno3D TWIN X2 OC RTX 2060 SUPER 8GB GDDR6, Asus PRIME B360-PLUS.
https://www.pcgarage.ro/sisteme-pc-garage/pc-garage/workstation-super-reign-v2/


Alternative 1:
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 4.4GHz, 16GB DDR4 (2400 Mhz), 1TB HDD, 480GB SSD, GeForce RTX 2060 6GB GDDR6, AMD A320M Motherboard P.S. The case looks like it has bad airflow
https://www.emag.ro/sistem-desktop-gaming-grt-expert-cu-procesor-amd-ryzen-7-3700x-4-4ghz-16gb-ddr4-1tb-hdd-480gb-ssd-geforcer-rtx-2060-6gb-gddr6-amdexpertpower/pd/DMRD8RBBM/

Alternative 2:
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 4.4GHz, 16GB DDR4 (2400 Mhz) CL17, 1TB HDD, 240GB SSD,
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB GDDR6, AMD A320M Motherboard P.S. The case looks like it has bad airflow
https://garotech.ro/produs/amdexpertfortemc7/


Thank you for your answers!
 
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System 1 seems like the best bet, if you want future proofing then a 9400F will not be great at that(though it will depend on your definition of future-proofing), a 2700X is good in terms of future-proofing as well as value and performance, and a 1660 Ti is still a decent GPU, and since you don't need a very powerful GPU, a 1660 Ti should suffice in my opinion, since it is still quite powerful.
 
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@86zx brings up a good point about ECC RAM. Getting an older workstation-class server may be a better option.
ASRock as a manufacturer isn't necessarily bad (the A320M boards). They are lower-end boards though. What kind of warranties come with each of these systems?
Can give some detail on your idea of 'future-proofing'? Do you think that you may be gaming on this rig? Do you think that it will be used more and more for simulations and number crunching?
 

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System 1 seems like the best bet, if you want future proofing then a 9400F will not be great at that(though it will depend on your definition of future-proofing), a 2700X is good in terms of future-proofing as well as value and performance, and a 1660 Ti is still a decent GPU, and since you don't need a very powerful GPU, a 1660 Ti should suffice in my opinion, since it is still quite powerful.
Thank you for your answer. I share your opinion. Still I am going to look for more options during the weekend as I am of the opinion that a little more time for searching is better. I just noticed that system 1 has only 1 fan.
 
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Well I’m not sure if you can go with a used system but If you can, go with a newer dell precision system like a t5610 or t7610. If you have to go with a new system you can go on dells website and configure a new precision workstation that way you get ecc memory which is important if your running simulations
 

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Well I’m not sure if you can go with a used system but If you can, go with a newer dell precision system like a t5610 or t7610. If you have to go with a new system you can go on dells website and configure a new precision workstation that way you get ecc memory which is important if your running simulations
Unfortunately the option of used systems is not available. I considered new Dell Precisions Workstations, but an adequate configuration for the requirements would be too expensive.
I failed to mention, I also have access to a separate DELL Precision T5810 which has a Xeon v4 CPU, 32 GB of ECC RAM and a Quadro P5000. That system is dedicated to simulations but still, a secondary system is needed as we are a team of two people with different workloads. Thus, I still think ECC RAM is not that important for the majority of workloads neccessary for this PC.
 

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I am looking to request a pc configuration from my university as I require it in a research project. The pc will be paid for from the project funds. I have been informed that I have a budget euivalent to 1150 USD (the operating system is not included in this price) but consider that prices for IT components are higher were I live (for example, a Ryzen 7 3700X is about 400 USD). Since the pc acquisition needs to take place through a public acquisition, prebuilts are my only options despite being very knowledgeable in building pc's.
The use case for the pc will be Micromagnetic Simulations (I require an Nvidia GPU for CUDA - not a very powerful GPU is required), Labview NXG, Light Neural Networks Simulation, Data Acquisition (through a future dedicated DAQ board) etc. So not very resource hungry tasks (no crazy amounts RAM or storage, but I want to have an SSD and HDD), but I intend to future proof the pc as much as I can. I have searched for numerous configurations within my budget and I have selected five that are available and meet my requirements and also seem to have decent quality components ( e.g. Seasonic S12II-620 Power Supply and good airflow case) . The system will be hooked to a DELL 60 Hz 4K IPS monitor.
I am asking for suggestions regarding which system to get for now and for the future use. I was leaning towards System 1 ( I can also overclok System 1 and 2), but I may leverage the extra GPU power the Intel System provides. My only caveat regarding system 1 and 2 is that I would have preffered a Ryzen R7 3700X/R7 3800X or even Ryzen 5 3600 but such a configuration is not available. I also searched "Gaming" PC's but most of what I found have a serious deficit in components quality (e.g. Ryzen 3700X with A320M chipset motherboard).

The five configurations are as follows:
System 1:
AMR Ryzen 7 2700X , 16 Gb (2x8Gb) Corsair Veangeance LPX 3000 Mhz, 4TB HDD (Seagate barracuda 5400 RPM, 256 MB cache) + 512GB SSD (Adata SX6000 Pro) , Gigabyte GTX 1660 Ti 6GB GDDR6, Gigabyte Aorus B450 M.
https://www.pcgarage.ro/sisteme-pc-garage/pc-garage/workstation-graphic-signal/


System 2:

AMR Ryzen 7 2700X , 16 Gb (2x8Gb) Corsair Veangeance LPX 3000 Mhz, 2TB HDD (seagate barracuda 7200 RPM, 256 MB cache) + 480GB SSD (Kingston A400, 480GB) + 1TB PCI-E SSD (Intel 660p 1TB), Asus TUF Gaming GTX 1660 6GB GDDR5, Asus Prime B450-Plus.
https://www.pcgarage.ro/sisteme-pc-garage/pc-garage/workstation-video-gamma/



System 3:
Intel i5-9400F 2.9GHz Coffee Lake, 16 Gb (2x8Gb) HyperX Fury Black 2666 Mhz, 512GB SSD (Intel 660p 512Gb) + 4TB HDD (Seagate barracuda 5400 RPM, 256 MB cache), Inno3D TWIN X2 OC RTX 2060 SUPER 8GB GDDR6, Asus PRIME B360-PLUS.
https://www.pcgarage.ro/sisteme-pc-garage/pc-garage/workstation-super-reign-v2/


Alternative 1:
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 4.4GHz, 16GB DDR4 (2400 Mhz), 1TB HDD, 480GB SSD, GeForce RTX 2060 6GB GDDR6, AMD A320M Motherboard P.S. The case looks like it has bad airflow
https://www.emag.ro/sistem-desktop-gaming-grt-expert-cu-procesor-amd-ryzen-7-3700x-4-4ghz-16gb-ddr4-1tb-hdd-480gb-ssd-geforcer-rtx-2060-6gb-gddr6-amdexpertpower/pd/DMRD8RBBM/

Alternative 2:
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 4.4GHz, 16GB DDR4 (2400 Mhz) CL17, 1TB HDD, 240GB SSD,
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB GDDR6, AMD A320M Motherboard P.S. The case looks like it has bad airflow
https://garotech.ro/produs/amdexpertfortemc7/


Thank you for your answers!
Is those RAM have XMP?
 

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Update: In the end, in around June I got a very good system with a Ryzen 3800X, 16 GB DDR4 (not from a reputable brand, but OCes well to 3200 mhz and tight timings), a 512 GB PCI 3.0 x4 ssd ADATA, a 4 TB seagate baracuda HDD and a Palit GTX 1660 ti 6GB GDDR6, a Gigabyte B450M DS3H, and a 650W 80+ PSU. The case in which the prebuilt came is pretty lackluster and has bad airflow but I had no control in that since it was a public auction for the acquisition. All of that + W10 OEM + a basic 1080p monitor cost, converted around 1340 USD.
 

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