So I just placed a massive order for parts, and it got me to thinking, what's coming to the BYOC this year? Here's what I'm building this week (for PAX):
MSI K9N Platinum nForce 570 SLI
AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+
Matched pair Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR2-800 2x1gb
MSI GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB OC'ed
2x Samsung 19" LCDs (941BW)
Western Digital 500GB Sata 2
Enermax Liberty 620W
Plextor 740A DVD±R/RW
Creative P7800 7.1 speakers
Titan Amanda TEC Cooler (rebranded Macstek MA-7130)
Antec Nine Hundred case
Vista Home Premium 64
I figure this'll play Supreme Commander with almost tolerable frame rates.
I'll probably double the RAM, gfx, and HD later, but this has already run me ~$2k.
Preemptive strike: yeah, yeah, Intel Core 2 Duos rule the known universe. However the E6600 performs more or less the same as the 6000+ for the same price, so my admitted AMD fanboyism wins.
Also, did you know nForce 570s frequently match or outperform 590s in their default configuration? Saved me $40. The Crucial Ballistix is the most aesthetically pleasing memory ever designed. You can't understand from the pictures online, but it's like a freakin' piece of art in person. The Titan Amanda is the most awesome heatsink on the market today. Excuse me, sir, does your heatsink have a CARD? Didn't think so.
I'll also be bringing my Synology DS-106e gigabit NAS which has another WD 500 GB drive in it.
Numquam magnum ingenium sine mixtura dementiae fuit.
There has never been a great spirit without a touch of insanity.
(Seneca Philosophus, De tranquillitate animis)