A Win, Win with Windows

It seems a lot of people are being told to buy a Non-Windows type computer and run Windows Vista on it in using some complicated utilities or hacks.  To me, that’s kind of like using BBQ briquettes in your new oven, messy and likely to only cause more trouble than was intended.  One the other hand, you could assemble a PC from the components below, have a rock solid PC, be able to replace the parts in the future with little fuss (if ever needed), and have a great computing experience on a cutting edge PC:

ASUS P5E3 DELUXE / WIFI-AP Intel X38 Socket 775 1600MHz DDR3-1800 ATX EPU (Energy Processing Unit) Motherboard Retail
$319.99 after rebate (my Asus P4 has been Rock Solid for 4 years)

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 Yorkfield 2.5GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor – Retail
$279.99  (top of the line)

CORSAIR XMS3 DHX 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory – Retail
$209.99 after rebate (great speed enhancement)

Ultra Black Aluminus ATX Mid-Tower Case with Clear Side, Front USB, Firewire and Audio Ports
$69.99 After Rebate (basic back case)

BFG / 650-Watt / ATX / SATA-Ready / SLI-Ready / EPS / Power Supply
$49.99 after rebate (Power required but the Mobo and CPU are Power nice)

(4) Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KSRTL 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive – Retail
$79.99 * 4 = $359.96 (Dual Raid Stripe Arrays, one for the OS and one for files)

PIONEER BDC-2202B 24X SATA Blu-Ray Black Drive Retail
$158.39 9 (Blu-Ray movies I will watch at my desk)

Acer AL2216Wbd Flat panel display – TFT – 22″ – widescreen – 1680 x 1050 – 300 cd/m2 – 700:1 – 5 ms – 0.282 mm – DVI, VGA (HD-15) – black
$227 (22″ of wide screen glory)

(2) HIS H260XTP512DDN-R Radeon HD 2600 XT 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card Retail
$94 * 2 = $188 – $20 rebate = $168 (for extreme graphics performance on SLI)

Turtle Beach Ear Force AK-R8 3.5mm/ USB Circumaural Professional Surround Sound Gaming Headphone System
$99.99 (No need to bother everyone with sounds from the PC)

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 64-bit English 1pk DSP OEI DVD – OEM
$189.99 (The best OS there is)

Total: $1,931.71 (today)

As a Hardware Designer, and a computer geek, I would expect (around mid-summer) that these prices will drop even more and then I will make myself a new PC based very closely on above (and turn this PC into a Windows Home Server).

I actually will not need the screen or the Vista License, so my cost will likely be around $1250 then.  I expect the new PC to last me 5 years, so the cost per day will be about 75 cents, or what I calculate the cost of each of my PC’s to have been so far.

Also, I will recycle this PC into a Windows Home Server, and therefore will extend it’s life by years, stopping me from having to pay $600 for the hardware for that!

BTW, if you have an older PC and leave it on all the time, you will see a reduction in your electric bill considerably enough today to make the option of a full computer upgrade as shown above viable.  The motherboard has advanced power saving features that will bring your PC’s electric consumption way down.  Over 5 years at a likely $20 per month in savings that will net you $1200.

…….A Win, Win with Windows

Gary