I got the wife signed off on buying something quickly, so we can get our computing needs in check (basic office stuff, printing, light gaming, be the central photo storage/editor, central music storage and streamer, be the make-shift NAS, etc). There are a few laptop users in the house, so centralizing all data somewhere is going to be essential. I am one of those people who dig getting into the gadget specs, but I just dont have time on this build... I was hoping you guys could help me come up with a nice system that will take us into the future for a reasonable budget ($400-$600). I already have a monitor. I am still debating whether I want to run ubuntu or vista and will probably run in some VM type of setup or dual boot. (I need bash, cli..my wife needs a working pc that works with all her school mates file formats...) Long story short is that I was looking at the open sources boxes on dell and they seemed reasonably priced, but I dont want to buy something that I could build a way better one for cheaper. Here is what I have so far:
I still need to add hard drive(s) which I am not sure what to do with and a nice case. I am already pushing my budget, but I dont want a cheezy hd or case. I am also worried about losing data with 1 HD (given this will house all my media and photos, etc) should I do mirroring? Thoughts?
Also - Are there any easy wins on my list for upgrading cheaply? I.e. can I bump the ram up to 800 or 1066, etc? or will this cause issues with compatibility?
Any help or suggestions would be great.
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However, if you want to mirror two HDD's you'll have to change some things to fit RAID into your budget. You can get a Intel Dual Core E2160 ($67.99 + free shipping) which is heavily overclockable and match it with a Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3R ($132.99 + $7.92 shipping). If you don't want to overclock, I would go with an AMD system like the following: