T7600: for mission critical trading and multi-tasking

Dear All,

I'm about to upgrade my trading computer to a DELL PRECISION T7600. This computer is to be used for mission-critical trading applications. (Note: thank you all for the advice you gave be back in 2008, it was very helpful, I just re-read it you guys have a lot of wisdom).

Priorities are:
1. reliable/i.e. never crashes.
2. in the event of crash, fast recovery and protected data.
2. good for multi-tasking. This means running tons of normal business applications at the same time, MS Office, Skype, Matlab, Adobe, Bloomberg, Firefox. Small increases in responsiveness will help me keep my sanity.
3. limited number crunching, but nothing major like video encoding, etc.
4. note: overkill is ok (but I want to spend $$$ on things that will help).

My proposed build is below. Some of my choices were arbitrary, i.e. I didn't know the difference between the choices. Any help you guys can give me would be greatly appreciated (for example, which processor, etc etc).
Specific questions:
1. Is it better to spend money on Dual processors or one-faster processor?
2. Hard Drive configuration: SAS is best choice?
3. SSD/RAID1: can I have a SSD as the boot drive and then RAID1 on drive 2-3? or is it better to have RAID1 on boot drive? or some other configuration?

Catalog Number / Description Product Code Qty SKU Id
Dual Six Core XEON (E5-2620, 2.0GHz, 10M, 7.2 GT/s,Turbo) 2E52620 1 [317-9577] 2
Operating System:
Windows 7 Ultimate,SP1,w XP Mode, No Media, 64-bit, English 7UN61XE 1 [330-6228][421-2262][421-5335][421-5652][421-7814] 11
Productivity Software:
Microsoft® Office Trial, MUI 13TMUI 1 [630-AABP] 22
Dell Precision T7600:
Dell Precision T7600, 1300W T76001 1 [225-2096] 1
Power Supplies:
1300W Power Supply, 85% Efficiency 1300PS 1 [318-1333][331-4129][342-2635] 20
Energy Efficiency Option:
No Energy Star NOESTAR 1 [330-3201] 25
16GB, DDR3 RDIMM Memory, 1600MHz, ECC (8 x 2GB DIMMs) 16GN68 1 [319-1261] 3
Dual 512 MB AMD FirePro™ 2270, QUAD MON, 4 DMS59 DMV2270 1 [320-2888] 6
Hard Drive Configuration:
C7 SAS 2.5 Inch BOOT+, 2-3x SAS 2.5 Inch Hard Drives C7SAS 1 [342-4020] 9
Hard Drive RAI
RAID 1 RAID1 1 [331-4115] 28
PCIe Hard Drive Controller:
PERC H310 for Dell Precision, SATA/SAS 6Gb/s, RAID 0/1/5/10 (8 ports) PERC310 1 [342-5065] 15
Hard Drive Controller:
Integrated Intel Controller, SATA 3Gb/s RAID 0/1/10 (8 ports) HDDCTLD 1 [331-4133] 24
Boot Hard Drive:
256GB,2.5"SATA6Gb/sStateDriveforBoot+only 256SSB 1 [342-5300] 8
2nd Hard Drive:
900GB, 10k RPM 2.5" SAS 6Gb/s Hard Drive 900S2A 1 [342-3445] 23
3rd Hard Drive:
900GB, 10k RPM 2.5" SAS 6Gb/s Hard Drive 900S2A 1 [342-3445] 54
DVD and Read-Write Devices:
8X DVD-ROM SATA DVD8N 1 [318-1323][318-2231] 16
Remote Access Host Card:
No Remote access host card for FX100 Remote Access Device NORAD 1 [330-1085] 19
System Management:
Intel® vPro Technology Enabled VPRO 1 [331-7977] 26
No Monitor NMN 1 [320-3316] 5
No Speaker option NSPKR 1 [313-2663] 18
Resource DV
No Resource DVD NODVD 1 [330-4024] 27
Hardware Support Services:
3 Year ProSupport with 3 Year NBD Limited Onsite Service After Remote Diagnosis U3IPY 1 [934-8127][938-4528][989-3449][994-3502][994-3582][994-9770][994-9910] 29
Sound Card:
Creative Sound Blaster® Recon3D PCIe Audio Sound Card for Win 7 SNDWIN7 1 [319-1050] 17
Ship Packaging Options:
Shipping Material for System SHIP 1 [331-4135] 40
Quick Reference Guide:
No Quick Reference Guide NOREF 1 [330-5527] 39
Rack Rails & Cable Management Arm:
No rackrails or cable management arm NRAILS 1 [331-3037] 14
Dell USB Entry Business Keyboard, English USBEE 1 [331-1965] 4
Dell MS111 USB Optical Mouse USBOP 1 [330-9458] 12
Documentation English and French DOCEF 1 [330-3157][331-2477] 21
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Syed Mutahir AliTechnology ConsultantCommented:
Nice build and it should do what you are after and will do well...

However a few points :

Instead of 8x2GB ram modules, go for 4x8GB..

Some people get extra memory from Dell and some purchase with 2x8GB sticks and stick 2 more from crucial memory later on ... But 32GB is just my personal suggestion, 16GB would be fine too ... It's nice to add a few 100dollars at the initial stage.

You can use SSDS FOR io-intensive applications only or for booting... Personally I use a 120GB SSD for boot and another ssd for io intensive apps.

All in all its quiet a powerful machine...

Raid 1 for operating system .. either on SSD or two sata drives ... U can then use ssds to host your matlab data and Bloomberg data.

Redundancy and protection:

Raid 1 for os
Raid 5 or raid 10 for apps if this box can have that many disks which I think it can..

Use Symantec system.recovery 2013 to take a os backup and or complete backup of your box on a external esata or USB drive.

Symantec recovery provides full baremetal restores on same and dissimilar hardware plus you can browse your recovery points too for granular file level restores while the system is running ...

Once you have a raid scheme that will keep your system available while Symantec will give you protection in case of a complete failure ... It's very good and easy to use ..

Hope this helps

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tobal99zAuthor Commented:
Thank you for your help! sorry for the slow reply. I appreciate it a lot.

Do you think it is most important to have RAID 1 on operating system/or on data?

I can see argument that RAID1 most important on OS.... if data is well backed up somewhere else.... but not sure...
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