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Need recommendation - fast PC to handle large spreadsheets

Need your opinion...I need a very fast SFF PC.  This PC is for a client who works on very large spreadsheets and Access database(s) with 10s of 1000s of records to generate "What-Ifs".  I need the fastest processor available and whatever else is necessary to make it very fast...maybe an i7 860 with 512GB solid-state drive (card)???  Any suggestions...as to major manufacturer like Dell or HP, etc....  
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Aaron TomoskyTechnology ConsultantCommented:
I7 2700 series. 8gb of ram and a 64bit os. Ssd is probably overkill but it won't hurt.
The core i7 2700 series is a laptop cpu and is not as fast as the new desktop core i7's(sandy bridge socket 1155). The a fastest of the new socket 1155 core i7's is the 2600k. Currently the fastest consumer grade cpu is the i7 995x(socket 1366) but this is very expensive and very much total overkill, for what you want the i7 2600k is more than enough. I would definitely get an SSD of you want a big performance increase. I went form a raid 0 with 2 150Gb raptors to a single 180Gb vertex 2 SSD and the noticeable performance increase was amazing, I can only image the the performance of the pci-e ssd's, it should have no issue opening those files extremely quickly. However for what you are wanting it maybe more cost effective to build it yourself, plus trying to find a manufacture that has this type of system available maybe difficult.
and use a 64-bit OS, so you can use more than 4 Gb Ram
having 8 GB will help a lot
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You can look at HP Z600 Workstations which come with Xeon (Server) CPUs and SSD options or the

The Z800 is a awesome machine but pricey and not SFF.
suggestion: use HDD instead of SSD for fetching large database.

agree with the fellows to use 64-bit OS for better performance.
>>   use HDD instead of SSD for fetching large database.   <<   on the contrary : use an SSD for OS and programs
and the large disk for database - much faster system !

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