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The Ultimate PC circia 2008

As a nerd to be on the top of the computer heap,a you want the ultimate PC. It has been three years since I built myself a computer. The last computer I built came from parts that a client was throwing away. He had purchased the gaming system which had a high performance motherboard, memory, and graphics adapters but could not get it to work to his satisfaction.

Computer games stretch PC capabilities to their utmost limits. The only game I play this solitaire which in no way stresses any PC. However, when I need to use a computer I must do a lot of work in a short period of time so I need a very responsive PC. Gaming systems are typically very responsive. Please keep in mind that most people do not need a high performance PC. If your PC works well for you, then there is no rush to upgrade it for something that's newer, faster, or fancier. Newer PCs have much greater performance than older PCs. When running Windows Vista they run at the same speed as older PCs running Windows XP because Windows Vista runs many more programs in the background than does Windows XP so it requires a much more powerful PC to duplicate the performance of Windows XP.

My ultimate PC runs Windows XP because there is no need for me to move to Windows Vista quite yet. The components of my ultimate PC are:

    AMD Phenom 2.5 GHz quad core CPU chip – this has four CPUs on one chip

    One very huge (3-inch tall) CPU heat sink with a very big fan

    MSI K982 platinum motherboard which can speed up (over-clock) the chip to 3.0 GHz

    Four gigabytes of RAM

    Three PCI express Nvidia Graphics Cards

    Several terabyte disk drives

    An Antec Nine Hundred Mid-tower chassis with several large fans

    An 850 Watt Power Supply

    Three monitors

Is this an outrageous system? Most assuredly!

The importance here is not that this is a nerd bragging rights system, but a system that can accomplish a lot of things when needed. The importance for me is that with three monitors I have an absolutely huge desktop This permits me to work on several things at the same time. The fast CPU will permit my system to do more simultaneously while not slowing down the activity that I am actively working on on my desktop.

As a nerd my life is a life of interruptions. Clients need help right away. This system allows me to easily set aside what I'm doing, help a client and then return to the work at hand. With good monitors I can see a whole page of text. This permits me to write this column at the same time I am able to do other things.

Building such a tweaked out system is not an easy task. It takes research to find the correct components and then a substantial amount of trial and error to make sure that they were reliably together. Oh yes, it cost about the same as a top of the line refrigerator to build this system.


Link to PC Magazine: "Ultimate Desktop PC Buying Guide"

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