A New Maker PC!

June 13th, 2009 by wammie

case-inside-2-500x3751 case-outside-200x423 I’ve been doing upgrades of my main desktop computer about every four or five years. Recently I got the “builder’s bug” and decided to do a complete rebuild. Using parts ordered from Newegg.com, I spent less than $900 for a gaming-class machine. Mail-in rebates should recover some of my expenses as well. Highlights of my new computer:

  • AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8 GHz triple core CPU, clocked at 3.3 GHz
  • Gigabyte GA-MA790X-UD4P 2 oz. copper motherboard
  • Asus 512MB Radeon HD 4850 video card
  • Two hard drives: Western Digital 74GB SATA Raptor (primary), Westen Digital 1TB SATA (secondary)
  • 4GB DDR2 memory at 1066 MHz clock
  • Samsung DVD/CD-ROM RW drive/burner
  • Antec 300 case/Seasonic 550W power supply/Xigmatek cooler (massive)
  • Windows Vista 64-bit operating system

Computer building has some interesting challenges, but it’s a very satisfying “maker” project! If done with care, a DIY computer builder can create a great machine on a designated budget.

Among other places, a good overview of DIY computer building can be found at MySuperPC.com.

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