I let it slip once or twice in the comments that I'm going to buy and build a new computer in the first quarter of the next year. I just once bought a pre-assembled computer and since then decided to select the hardware components and build it by myself. This has some advantages but also several disadvantages which I would like to shortly address.
On the pro side there is the ability to handpick the components that you want after carefully reviewing your needs and availability. This can ensure greater performance and definitely ensures that your computer does not come filled with unnecessary applications and the like.
The cons are that there is no operating system installed, you have to buy it yourself. You also have to ensure that the parts that you buy are compatible, nothing is more disturbing than buying an Intel cpu and a motherboard that is for AMD ones.
I would like to keep track on this development until I buy the computer parts and write a monthly, or even bi-weekly article that describes the components that I have chosen, their pricing and availability. This is also a great opportunity to receive some criticism or suggestions.
My limit for this computer is $2000 not including a monitor because I'm going to use my Samsung 19" TFT. Here we go, I'm using the wish list @ Newegg for this. Other companies might offer lower prices on items.
|Motherboard||MSI P35 Neo2-FR LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail||($119.99)|
|CPU:||Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600 - Retail||($279.99)|
|CPU Cooler:||ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler - Retail||($36.99)|
|RAM:||G.SKILL 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ - Retail||($139.99)|
|Case:||COOLER MASTER CAVALIER 3 CAV-T03-UW Silver Aluminum Bezel, SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail||($59.99)|
|PSU:||AeroCool ZERODBA ZERODBA-S500 EPS 12V/ ATX 12V 2.02 500W Power Supply - Retail||($84.99)|
|Video Card:||XFX PVT88PYDE4 GeForce 8800GT Extreme 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail||($289.99)|
|Solid State Disk:||SAMSUNG MCBOE32G8APR-0XA00 1.8" 32GB IDE Internal Solid state disk (SSD) - OEM (placeholder)||($429.99)|
|Hard Drives:||2 Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM||($139.98)|
The price is currently $1,581.90 without shipping and handling. I will definitely buy a Solid State Disk. Supply is not good at the moment, I want a SATA-II one with 16 or 32 Gigabyte for a price around $400.
There is no question about the video card, the 8800GT is currently the best card in the power / money rating. I don't really care about the manufacturer though and have to do more research on this matter.
The Seagate hard drives have only 250 Gigabytes which is sufficient for me. I could buy hard drives with additional capacities which do not cost that much more.
What do you think of this setup ? Would you change anything ?
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