I think I go through a new desktop every 5 years. That sucks. Most of the time I find a hot deal on a Dell, but this time I’ve decided to build it from scratch. I’ve been researching most of the components for six months and I starting buying components a month ago. There are still some things I plan on buying but I can function without them for now.
- Chassis: Antec P182 $60
- Power Supply Unit: Corsair 650W $77
- Motherboard: Gigabtye EP35-DS3P $162
- CPU: Intel E3310 45nm 3.0 GHz dual core Xeon $200
- RAM: Corsair 4G $74
- GPU: BFG 8800gts g92 OC $250
- HDD: Seagate 500GB 7200.11 32MB $120
So far I’m a little under the budget I set for myself for a decent computer. Now I’m thinking that instead of every 5 years, I should upgrade every year.
- I have a system that’s more up to date
- I can afford to wait for hotter deals
- I can buy middle-tier technology instead of buying top-tier stuff because I expect it to have a shorter production life
- Costs more overall (offset by being more productive?)
- trickling down components takes a lot of effort