I’m building my next PC. I’ve had to tinker with and upgrade computers a lot in my life, but I’ve never built one from the ground up. Also, I’ve always been a little antsy and phobic when I’ve had to upgrade machinery, so I think this will be a good exercise in developing some more mastery and confidence.
I’m modeling a high-performance PC: this machine will be doing some heavy-ish lifting with Adobe CS3, and I will be gaming on it as well. It’ll be running a dual boot, Vista and Ubuntu, hopefully 64-bit for both. I’ll start purchasing parts next week, but before that I’m exposing my parts list to the world for criticism and commentary.
First, have I done anything that’s just dumb (incompatible components, badly weak links in the system)?
Beyond that, am I being a chump in my choices? Am I spending too much for marginal improvements? Where can I get similar performance with a cheaper component? I want this to be a performance machine, but I’m trying to stay away from extreme indulgences.
- Case: Antec 1200 because it is huge (equals forgiving) and has glowing lights.
- Power Supply: Corsair 520HX 520W Power Supply Corsair CMPSU-750TX 750W Power Supply
- Motherboard: Intel DX4BT2 I think I could probably get a better ASUS, but this will hopefully be an easier build.
- CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 3.16 GHz CPU Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 2.66 GHz CPU
- Cooler: Scythe SCNJ-2000 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler
- Memory: Patriot 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory x2 for 8GB
- Storage: Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000GLFS 300GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
- Optical Drive: $50 DVD burner
- Video: Radeon HD 4850 512MB video card
Be merciless. I’d rather feel stupid now than stupid with the parts in my house.