Instead of buying a prebuilt system I have decided to build it from scratch. This enables me to pick the best components and to integrate them to my specifications.
I want a powerful pc that is quiet in day-to-day use (a bit of noise when playing the occasional game is allowed).
After a lot of research I decided on the following set of components (links go to product website or review):
- Antec P183 case
I like the dual-chamber and the attention to detail.
- Antec CP-850 PSU
Custom PSU for the P183 case. I know it is a bit overkill, but I want to keep using this case and PSU for the next few years. This baby should be able to power a dual (perhaps even triple) GPU setup if I want to.
- Intel i7-860 CPU
Best price-performance for a quad-core so far.
- Noctua NH-U12P SE2 CPU cooler
Quiet, quiet, quiet. Six years warranty (yes, including the fans). That says something about the manufacturer’s confidence in this product.
- Asus P7P55D PRO motherboard
I usually stick with Asus.
- 8 gigabytes of Kingston memory
The more, the merrier. I always stick with brand names when it comes to memory. A 64-bit OS is of course a necessity with this much RAM.
- Sapphire HD4890 Vapor-X 2GB graphics card
The Vapor-X technology keeps this card as quiet as possible. I actually wanted a HD5850 but ATI has problems getting them out to the customers – decided I didn’t want to wait until they finally become available.
- Samsung DVD player/writer
- Samsung 1TB HD103SJ HDD
- Samsung Syncmaster 245B monitor
24 inch, 1920 x 1200 resolution and a nice swivel stand for your ergonomic needs. Maybe I’ll go for a multi-monitor setup in the future.