This is intended as a cheap gaming, programming system. No need for the usual suspects (keyboard, mouse, monitor etc.)
Gaming will mostly be on a 720p monitor for now, upgrading to a 1080p in the near future. I wouldn't mind being able to play the latest games, but I'm mainly after back catalog titles that will be cheaper. Programming use will be mostly VS2010, and Eclipse. It will also need to be able to run multiple virtual machines (2 windows based, 1 centOS 5 based unning under VBox or VMWare Player) at the same time with decent performance for testing code runs.
Most of the parts are coming from Amazon, as they are cheaper, but I'm providing newegg links for reference. This was based off of the December $500 PC, so it looks good. I'm a little worried about the PS. The card says it needs at least 450, and this is a 430. However, the system builder PC ran overclocked with a 380W supply from the same series (antec ea380d). Input appreciated!
Out of curiosity, how was the $50 build able to overclock effectively with more or less the same setup on 50 watts less? Is it because they failed in unlocking the fourth core of the AMD, or did they just not care of the power supply fragged itself during testing?
Not sure what Paul Henningson, who gave us the Dec $500 build, used for his calculations, but 380W is underpowered in my estimation even if it is an Antec.
I use the Antec power supply calculator, which is fairly standard as far as these utilities go. I factored in 25 percent for capacitor aging, which gives you a couple of years of heavy use, and is a bit conservative. The calculation came out to 418W, before overclocking.