Looking to build a new PC? Want to build one that will play nicely with Windows or Linux or could even be a Hackintosh? Making sure you choose the right combination of components is important and a pain to research. If you’re feeling lazy, here’s my shopping list for the machine I built that I’m using right now.
By the way, it’s faaaaaast
CPU – Intel Ivy Bridge (i5-3570K) - £169
SSD – SanDisk 120GB (SDSSDX) - £73
HDD – Seagate 1TB (ST31000524AS) - £59
RAM – Corsair 4x4GB (CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B) - £67
DVD – Sony (AD-7280S-0B) - £17
PSU – Corsair (CX430V2) - £34
Case – Corsair (Carbide 400R) - £79
Motherboard – Gigabyte (Z77-DS3H) – £68
Total price – £566
I’ve been using this machine for a couple of months now and it is a pleasure to use. Here are some notes:
- It boots into Ubuntu in about 10 seconds.
- I’ve not overclocked my build, because it’s already faster than me anyway.
- Don’t skip the SSD, it’s essential for a fast machine!
- It supports mSATA, but don’t be tempted, just stick with a separate SSD. Keep your OS and apps on the SSD, and your files on the HDD.
- I’m using the stock CPU fan and it works well and is quiet.
- The case is pretty big. I prefer that but a much smaller one would be fine.
- I don’t play games so this build doesn’t have a graphics card. The onboard graphics are more than good enough for me (no problems with HD video etc.). No doubt I’ll buy one in a year or two when I need to drive a 50″ retina display
- View all the parts in this Amazon wish list.
- You don’t need any special brackets for the SSD, this case already has mounting screws for it.
- You don’t need any thermal paste, it all just clicks together.
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