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Checkpoint: New PC Planning Edition

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With the release of the Intel Core i5 & i7 (Lynnfields) and AMD/ATI’s Radeon HD 5870 video cards, it’s now time to plan my next rig. Not all the pieces are in place though. I’m still waiting on how well the Radeon HD 5850 performs along with its Canadian price tag. Nevertheless, I do have an idea of what I want my next rig will be.

It will be smaller, quieter and faster.

I don’t need a mid-tower case anymore since the most I will ever have is two hard drives, an optical drive and two cards. I also don’t need a full sized motherboard because everything a microATX offers is sufficient. And the need for manual overclocking is mitigated thanks to the Lynnfield processor’s Turbo boost feature. I may decide to do so, but I doubt it.

So with the above in mind, I decided to spec out what I would purchase if I was to build my rig today:

  • Motherboard: ASUS Maximus Gene III P55 Motherboard
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 750 2.66 GHz
  • Video Card: AMD/ATI Radeon HD 5850
  • Memory: 4 GB DDR3 Memory
  • Case: Antec Mini P180
  • Optical Drive: Some SATA DVD Writer

After doing some rough pricing, this rig will cost approximately $1000. If I switch out the motherboard and find some deals, I could probably save myself $100 or so. That is if it I decide to buy now. But as we all know, there’s very little motivation for me to do so at the moment. So I will wait for the next generation NVIDIA cards and perhaps by then, prices for these things will drop a bit.

That was a fun little exercise. Building a new PC always is. Even if it’s just for fun.

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