What PC would Tom's staffers build

The $500 PC is a great idea, but let's say you needed a new PC for yourself. Money is a consideration, but not the only one. You want to put together a PC based on what's going to last you a few years. Evaluate price / performance on all parts.

Is the Core 2 Extreme X6800 necessary at $975 when you can get a Core 2 Duo E6400 for $220? (I just pulled CPU prices, this may not be the best pick)
Would you go RAID?
What video card?

Assume that this is for you, for your one and only PC, booting up every day for e-mail and office, and able to play a few games on Saturday night. Also assume that you are paying the bills for it.

I think this is a little more realistic than the $500 rig. I'm building a new rig, and I'm not setting a $500 limit, but I'm evaluating every dollar spent.

Have everyone assemble a PC, get prices from an online vendor, and post benchmarks for everything. Personally, I'd do it without a monitor, but it's up to you.
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  1. I like the idea. It would also allow the site to show something of the personalities behind the articles. Rather than make them the annoying 10 page click fest keep it brief with some personality.

    It would be interesting to see what criteria they set themselves.
  2. That is an Excellent idea for a article and I will most definitely bring it up at the next editor meeting. I do believe that while the $500 gaming system is a good idea it is quite difficult to piece together anything of value for that price (considering a decent case + power supply is already over $200)

    Thanks for the idea.

    Your TG Inside Man
  3. i like, a personal representation of everyones interests through the pc that they would build; im sure there would be a lot of diversity, with most tastes represented; if each person did a brief write-up on their choice it would allow some personality and a good representation of some expert opinions
  4. Maybe a user contribute thingy... what kinda rig would you buy?

    List the specs and blah blah blah...
  5. Just don't get S & R to do it ... those fanbois suck.
  6. Thread necromancy!
  7. Get Ben and Rob to pick the parts ... gamers.

    Otherwise some office geek will be trying to tell n00bs that an E2 series cpu and 512Mb of RAM is fine with an 80Gb HDD and Intel IGP ... Pffftt ??
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