New Computer 2006

At some point near the end of 2006 I will probably be buying a computer. This page will be used to hold my research on the subject and other related stuff.

Requirements

  • Must cost under $2200
  • Should cost under $2000
  • Should be kinda workstation-ish, but game capable
  • Should be overclockable
  • All parts must be high quality. No off-brand cheap stuff.
  • CPU:
    • Should be 64-bit
    • Must be dual processor
    • Should be near top of the line
    • Should be multiplier unlocked
  • Motherboard:
    • Must be fully Linux supported
      • No Broadcom network chips
    • Must have SATA, Should have SATA 3Gb/s
    • Must have PCIE for the GFX card
    • Should have complete overclocking features
  • Graphics Card:
    • Must work with Xgl/compiz (Nvidia looks best)
    • Must have 2 DVI outputs capable of driving digital inputs on the LCDs
    • Must be capable of playing NWN2 at full quality
    • Should be capable of playing Oblivion at decent quality
    • Should be overclockable
  • Disks:
    • ~300GB Total with 2 identical disks for RAID
    • Must be SATA, should be SATA 3Gb/s
    • Must have large cache
    • Must be >= 7200 RPM
  • RAM:
    • >= 1GB
    • Should be as fast as is reasonable
    • Should be dual channel
    • Should be able to handle some overclocking
  • Sound:
    • At least 4.0 output
    • Built-in may be fine
  • Case:
    • Must be large
    • >450W power supply
    • Bling is fun but not worth extra money
  • Monitors:
    • 2 LCD monitors.
    • Must be >= 17"
    • Must have <= 12ms response
    • Must have warrenty

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