I must admit, I did have a little help from my friends, but at the end of the day, the part choices were mine. And so I have completed the part choices for my new desktop PC. As an added bonus, I've also listed the prices for all the parts and a cost summary at the end of this post. And now, without further ado, here are the specs for my new desktop PC:
GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD5 ATX
ASUS HD7770-2GD5 Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition
WD Green WD20EZRX 2TB IntelliPower SATA 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
LG Black 14X/2X BD-R/RE 16X DVD+R 12X BD-ROM SATA BDXL Blu-ray Burner
Crucial 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory
CM Storm Scout 2 Advanced - Gaming Mid Tower Computer Case with Carrying Handles, Black
EVGA SuperNOVA NEX750B 750W BRONZE ATX12V/EPS12V Certified Modular PSU
And that's the hardware, folks! But as we all know, hardware isn't the WHOLE story with any computer system. You could have the greatest electronics in the world, but if it's running crap software, you might as well be using a plug-in paperweight! Right now, I haven't decided which of the current available Microsoft OSs (7 or 8) I want to run on this. Granted, the ideal would be to run a flavor of Linux on this box (most likely Ubuntu or Red Hat), but I don't want that particular hassle right now. Especially since 99% of the coding jobs I'd EVER be applying for pretty much require a solid familiarity with a version of the Visual Studio IDE. The best part of all this is that both Win7 and Win8 are at the SAME price right now so it's really more of a personal choice than financial at this point.
Anyway, as promised, here's the cost analysis for my lovely new PC:
And so there you have it folks. My new desktop PC. She will be lovely when she's fully assembled. What do you think, my dear readers? Do you agree with my choices? Are there other choices you would make?
Sound off in the comments below!