Earlier this week I put together a new computer for myself with parts bought from newegg. Building a computer really isn’t that difficult. As Jeff Atwood explains, “If you can put together a LEGO kit, you can put together a PC from parts.” Choosing the parts that will fit into your budget can be time consuming, but there are plenty of online resources including forums full of people willing to help out.
So here’s a list of the components I ordered:
Monitor: ASUS VH242H 23.6-Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor – Black I would sure like a second one of these turned vertically but that will have to wait.
Case: Cooler Master CM 690 II Advance ATX Mid-Tower Case (RC-692-KKN2) As the name implies, this is the successor to the CM 690. The black finish on the inside is a nice touch.
Mobo: I had several people online suggest the ASUS P6X58D Premium for my motherboard, but I had a hard time justifying it over the ASUS P6T series just to get USB 3.0 and SATA 3.0. Ultimately I decided to settle on the ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Motherboard for its ease of overclocking and it’s positive reviews. I suppose time will tell whether I regret that or not.
CPU: Quad core Intel for the CPU: Intel Core i7 Processor i7-920 2.66GHz 8 MB LGA1366 CPU BX80601920. I was surprised to see how much AMD stinks with the high-end market nowadays.
Memory: The mobo I chose can support up to 24 GB, but I’m starting out with 6 GB of CORSAIR DOMINATOR DDR3 1600 RAM (3 x 2 GB).
Primary HDD: I might have splurged a little on the HDD by getting an solid state drive (SSD). Prices aren’t great for the sizes, but performance is great. I grabbed an Intel X25M 80GB Mainstream Solid State Drive SSDSA2MH080G2R5 for running the OS and applications. I partitioned the drive into two sections, 12 GB for Linux and the rest for Windows 7.
Secondary HDD: After spending quite a bit on the SSD dirve, I needed a second drive mostly for data like movies, music, etc. I chose the Samsung 500 GB SATA II Hard Drive HD502HJ for its price and performance. 500 GB isn’t a huge amount of space, but with a mobo and case that supports over 9000 hard drives, I can add another one later.
GPU: Despite ATI cards being generally better than Nvidia, I really wanted a Nvidia card since the Linux support is better. Unfortunately prices for nvidia cards have gone up in the last month or so leaving ATI the only option that made sense to me. So I picked up a Sapphire Radeon HD 5870 1 GB DDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card 100281SR.