My goals with this system are:
- Under $1,000 (not including monitor)
- Quiet enough that I can sleep with it on at night and not be bothered by the sound
- Cooled sufficiently and stable
- Able to play the newest games around well (and also to compile Allacrost faster )
- All hardware components are well supported in Linux
So here's what I got so far:
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/Publi ... er=7282865
Ignore that there are three PSUs (power suppies) right now. I couldn't decide between them, although I think I'm going to go with the Corsair 750W one. A quad core CPU (currently I only have a single core), 4GB of RAM (currently only have 1GB), 2x HDD space than what I have now, etc etc. I'm pretty happy with how its coming along so far, although I'm concerned about choosing Intel as my motherboard manufacturer (never tried them, and not really a supporter of Intel products int he first place). There didn't seem to be any other mobo that matched what I was looking for though (notice that the mobo heatsinks are passive...no annoyingly small, loud fans). I'm also concerned about the noise of each component. Only the heat sink I chose gives a noise level in the specifications, nothing else. So I basically used fan size and count to decide on the most quiet components. The larger the fan, the more airflow it can produce with a lower RPM, and lower RPM means less noise. The case has 3 120mm fans and 1 gigantic 200mm fan at the top. The Corsair PSU I'm leaning towards has 1 140mm fan with automatically controlled speed based on the heat.
Anyway just thought I'd share all this in case any other PC building people want to share their thoughts.