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January 2, 2005

Building My First PC from Scratch

I'm in the process of building a new computer, to be used for some research at my place in Boston and then moved to Utah to replace one of our existing machines. Most likely will run Gentoo Linux.

I'm trying to find a fine line between ultra cheap and the machine being usable. Since I have a collection of 10K 18G SCSI drives from the office (no longer in use), I figure I'll be set if I can get a cheap case, semi-decent CPU and RAM (have an old CD-ROM for installing OS). I looked at a slew of pre-built options but couldn't find anything that met my needs just right that was cheaper than getting separate parts.

I first put together a machine on newegg and then did some shopping around on a few other sites (tigerdirect) and couldn't find prices better than newegg except on the SCSI card (on eBay).

$33.25 - mATX case (with 300W power supply)
$59.00 - mATX AMD socket 754 motherboard, with video/audio/LAN
$129.00 - AMD Athlon 64 2800+
$136.00 - 1G DDR400 PC-3200 RAM
$8.00 - SCSI card

Add in shipping and we've got a pretty decent database or webserver for $388.96.

To be honest, I've never completely built my own PC. I have installed and removed PCI cards, hard drives, CPUs etc, but haven't actually ordered all the parts and assembled a computer from scratch. Excited to go through the process of putting it all together.

Posted by mike at January 2, 2005 8:53 PM