I started to collect components last month for a new computer that I wanted to build in the first quarter of 2008 and decided that it would be nice and helpful if I would post a monthly update on the components, prices and my decision. This is not only helpful for readers of this article but also for me because I know that some of you have way more knowledge of computer hardware than I have.
The computer will have everything that is needed to run it except for external components such as a monitor, computer mouse or keyboard because I decided to use those components from my old PC.
The Newegg online shop was my choice to be able to compare prices. It most likely would result in a cheaper price if I would research prices on several online shops. The Geforce 8800GT card is sold out in most locations and you have to be really lucky to buy one before christmas.
The major change in this month is the replacement of the Quad Core CPU with a Dual Core CPU from Intel and the replacement of the two 250 Gigabyte Seagate hard drives with two 500 Gigabyte Seagate hard drives.
|G.SKILL 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
|MSI P35 Neo2-FR ATX Intel Motherboard
|Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor
|ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler
|COOLER MASTER CAVALIER 3 CAV-T03-UK Black Computer Case
|AeroCool ZERODBA ZERODBA-S500 500W Power Supply
|Seagate 500GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
|SUPER TALENT FSD32GB25M 2.5" Internal Solid state disk (SSD)
|ASUS GeForce 8800GT EN8800GT/G/HTDP/512M Video Card
The total price for all components rose from $1,581.90 to $1,701.90 USD which can be largely attributed to the exchange of the two 250 GB hard drives with 500 GB models. The price for the Solid State Disk went up by $70 because I replaced the placeholder from last month with a available one.
Prices will most likely fall in January. Analysts say that SSD, Solid State Disks, will become more affordable in the first quarter of 2008. Lets hope that they are right.
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