Just recently I got time and some extra cash to upgrade my home desktop computer. My old one was bought back in 2003, so it was time to move along.
I had a budget around 1000€ and this did not include a screen, keyboard or mouse, but a color inkjet printer to our network was a must.
I bought half the stuff from Jimm’s PC-Store and the rest from Multitronic. Got wrong CPU from Jimm’s first and the graphics card delayed the Multitronic delivery for some time, but otherwise it went smoothly. Got a HDMI-cable as compensation for the trouble from Jimm’s, so I have no issues with them.
This is what I ended up with:
- Case: Antec Three Hundred Ultimate Gamer Case
- Case fan: Noctua NF-S12B-ULN
- PSU: Corsair CMPSU-650TXEU
- Motherboard: Asus M4A78T-E
- CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965BE 3.4Ghz
- CPU cooler: Noctua NH-U12P SE2
- Memory: Kingston 2x2GB 1333MHZ DDR3 NON-ECC CL9 DIMM KIT
- Hard disc: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB SATA2 32MB
- Optical drive: LG DVD+/-RW DL 22x, SATA, Black
- OS (primary): Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit EN
- OS (secondary): Kubuntu 9.10 64-bit
- Graphics: Asus Radeon HD 5770 (EAH5770/2DIS/1GD5/V2)
- Bluetooth: A-Link BLUEUSB21 Bluetooth 2.1 USB-adapter
- Printer: Hp DeskJet 5560, WLAN/USB printer The final price tag for this was 1070€ and a number of hours to set all up. All in all, it works really nice. I count on being able to surf, code and do casual gaming for some years to come. Kubuntu and the graphics card did not play well together first. Mainly because I've never really taken the time or interest to configure X.org manually, so I have no idea why the Ati Catalyst 10.1 and 10.2 drivers failed to install setup X.org properly. Last week, however, the Catalyst 10.3 package showed up for downloading and saved my Kubuntu graphics. Now it's prettier to watch. For those of you who've never setup a HP WLAN network printer, it goes like this: - Install huge software package on computer (OS X and Win 7). - First time connect printer to computer and fetch WLAN settings and stuff from network (WPA2 protected). - Make huge HP software find the printer from the network. To my great surprise the printer works even after I screwed up my DHCP leasing list and gave it another IP address, so thumbs up from my part. EDIT: Here's some benchmark results. Geekbench: http://browse.geekbench.ca/geekbench2/view/219700 Futuremark 3DMark Vantage: P9961 3DMarks (CPU 11623, Graphics 9508) Futuremark PCMark Vantage: 7919 PCMarks