I guess there’s something in the water – I’ve now been bitten by the “upgrade my dev machine” bug. In my case, it really comes down to one very fundamental gap in my current setup – my > 3 yr old machine is still running a 32 bit proc which means that I can’t really take advantage of any improved virtualization technology. I had decided when I bought my current machine (Dell Dimension E510) that I was done building my own machines because of the potential time commitment and because I wasn’t convinced that I was really saving all that much money from buying parts vs. buying a machine. However, I also like to stretch the life of my machines as long as possible, and in looking around at Dell and Lenovo offerings, I’m not really seeing any offerings comparable to what I could buy/build – I’m thinking specifically around the processor and some little things like USB 3.0. Also, by building a machine, I can also cannibalize some of my current machine and upgrade those parts over time.
Anyways, here’s the list of parts I was looking at (I’ve also highlighted the parts I plan on reusing in the short term). I’m not a hardware guy so let me know if I’ve missed something or if there’s a better option.
|case||buy||89.99||1||$89.99||http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133098||includes 450W power supply – 18.90″ x 8.27″ x 20.67″|
|cpu||buy||288.99||1||$288.99||http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202||mboard req – LGA 1366 socket|
|cpu fan||buy||39.99||1||$39.99||http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835207004||Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120 mm Core-Contact Freezer CPU Cooler W/TX-2|
|motherboard||buy||309.99||1||$309.99||http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131614||ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard|
|video card||reuse||$0.00||Had already upgraded|
|ram||buy||57.99||3||$173.97||http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104136||Kingston – 2GB|