Planning another build 
Tuesday, 27 October, 2009, 13:49
Posted by Administrator
Yep, I'm planning to build another PC. I have enough spare parts to build a computer for Julie. This includes motherboard, CPU, RAM, power supply, case, video card, and optical drives (though I'll only use one -- the DVD burner). The only things I'm missing are hard drives, a UPS, a monitor, a keyboard, a mouse, and a desk to put them on. All fairly minor things (well, apart from the desk). They're not hugely powerful parts, but they're definitely superior to the laptop she's using now. I'm seriously considering making it a Hackintosh -- it would definitely fit her needs better than the laptop does now, because she uses iTunes quite heavily and loves the features of iPhoto -- but it may end up being a Windows 7 machine.

The only thing that's up in the air with Julie's machine is which case to use. I've got an Antec P160 and a Lian-Li PC-V2000B (both without windows ... Google Image Search is quite helpful here). I'm leaning more toward the P160 here because the V2000B is freaking huge, and because I've already done a bit of customization to it (replaced all green, red, and blue case LEDs with UV ones).

I'm also getting the upgrade itch for my own machine ... I'm not going up to an i5 or an i7 yet, though. Perhaps I'll bump the CPU up to one with more L2 cache -- I use an E6850 at home and an E8400 at work and the E8400 simply feels faster, even though they're both 3GHz dual cores with 1333MHz FSBs. I also need to bump up my hard disk space to accommodate my ever-expanding photo collection.

Nerdy post, I know, but what do you expect?
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