Help needed building a PC
January 30, 2008 3:58 PM Subscribe
I want to build a PC and, while I'm not quite at the summit of ignorance, I'm high in the foothills and the air's getting thin. I need people who know more than me to tell me what to do. Please. Vastly longer explanation follows.
posted by rhymer to computers & internet (20 answers total)
Partly because I need one and partly because anything is more interesting than one’s own supposedly ‘challenging and rewarding’ work, I’ve decided to build a new PC. The need bit is because I mainly use Ubuntu these days and my AGP X1650 Pro card and it will never, ever be friends. So I looked into getting an NVIDIA card and came to the conclusion that as my ageing dell 4600 is about 50% replaced anyway, I may as well finish the job.
So far my mid range wish list is:
Motherboard: Gigabit p35 DS3L
RAM: OCZ / Corsair PC6400 2GB
Case: Lian Li PC60 Plus / PC7 Plus / PCG 50 PCV 600
Graphics Card: ???? Something by NVIDIA PCI-e
PSU Already have, coolermaster 500W
DVDR Already have, Samsung
HDD Already have, 500GB SATA, 16GB, Seagate
Monitor, KB, M Already have
OS - Ubuntu / XP
My only other stipulations are:
I use mostly Ubuntu so the card has to be NVIDIA. I don’t play games (unless solitaire counts) but do use Photoshop and want something that’ll give a good looking picture and last a few years. A lot of people seem to think the 8800 series is great. But I really don't need this, do I?
As for the case, well everything other than Lian Li either seems to look either cheap or like a special effect from the Alien Franchise (to my eyes anyway). I just want something understated and tasteful and quite like brushed aluminium / aluminum.
Anyway, please anoint my ignorance with your cleverosity. Thanks.