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Building the optimal host PC for remote access

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Background:
I've recently joined an out of state firm and am working remotely via Terminal Services. My connection is at times painfully slow and we're trying to resolve this issue.  I connect with an XP Pro client (Fuji Lifebook 4220 tablet with 4 gig ram) to an XP Pro Host (Xeon, 2 gig ram, 1 gig NIC) via TS and am the only session running. On client end I have consistent 6-9 meg both up and down speeds via 7 bonded T1s in my Executive Suite. Host end uses Comcast with supposedly 30 meg down (don't know about upload). Pinging from the host to 4.2.2.4 gives fairly consistent 100+ ms access averages. Pinging from my local client yields consistent 22 ms averages. The host TS connects to a LAN running a SQL database that I access to work.

The (contracted/part-time) tech on their end has tried various things (not sure what) and then brought in his box to try (off the TS) with Win7, a Pentium D and 2 gig ram. Connection to this box via RDP was slower. Connection to this box via Radmin was marginally faster than the TS Host. One side note: I can't figure out why but a Speakeasy speedtest outbound from the personal box yield MUCH faster speeds than the TS Host box, like 30 meg down vs. 12meg.

Question:
Anyway, since I have no control over what they do on their end, I would like to take the hardware on the host end completely out of the equation by building a box designed specifically for remote use and then shipping to them to install on the network. They will allow this and I will be the only one using this machine. My budget is $2,000 max.

I would like suggestions on the components/configuration to build the box with. I know i want lots of ram, discrete video/ram and a solid state drive. What else would make the box the optimal host PC for remote access?
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Well it looks unnecessary to put a complete new box there especially for a remote session.
I am using an openvpn solution for being in the right network. after that mstsc.exe and it works like bein in front of the original Box. both is Win 7  in my case. Did other ones try to conect to this PC , did you try to connect to another PC , how does that work ?

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I am not a tech but I believe the Radmin is a software VPN which I believe your OpenVPN is. There is still a speed issue with that, though slightly improved vs. the plain TS. I am not familiar with MSTSC.exe. Others connect with no speed issues but they are all in the local area of the host, not out of state like me. I did mention connecting to two PCs in the post, the TS box and the tech's personal box.
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