I put together my workstation replacement over the weekend (finally). It ran prime OK overnight, and now it’s sitting at 3.6ghz stable. Love how it is dead quiet as it sits 2 feet away from me underneath the desk. Total cost for hardware? Let’s break it down:
Antec Solo case: $70
Coolmax 500w PSU (the 120mm fan really keeps it quiet): $30AR
Samsung SATA DVD burner: $30
Q6600 G0: $300 shipped
Coolermaster HyperTX2: $16AR
Abit IP35-E: $55AR
OCZ Gold 2gb: $55AR
Maxtor 500gb SATA: $107 after taxes f/ Fry’s
eVGA 7900GT: Bought for $180 2 years ago
Zalman VF900: $35
Logitech G15 Keyboard: $35 AR
MS Intellimouse Explorer 4: Can’t bear to get rid of this thing. All the new mice are crappy anyway. Bought new for $12.
Total: $925 on hardware, counting everything.
Now let’s count software:
Ubuntu Studio: Free
Salvaged copy of Win2k for Win Apps: Do I have to count this? This was paid on some other system. Let’s just call it free.
Google Pack: Free
Rest of the Apps: Free (Firefox, Audacity, Paint.Net, Visual Studio Express, VMWare player, VLC, IM Proggies, PuTTY, etc…)
Total Software Cost: Free.
Gotta love price wars. Who would ever imagine 20 years ago how fast and cheap things would get??