Just a few days back I wrote “Purchasing a personal computer in the new millennium” which is how to get the absolute best computer by paying with a bit of elbow grease.
If not elbow grease then perhaps a small fee to your local microelectronics store is the key to success.
The resulting 8 core computer that was built in that previous article cost only $741.40 which is probably cheaper than some of the pre-built quad-core computers available.
While fooling around, I was wondering what kind of crazy big computer you could build on a limited budget. I didn’t do a proper job but I did replace the two key components, the motherboard and the CPU.
|MSI G210 1GB D3 PCIE DVH (graphic card)||31.99|
|EVGAMEM 16GB 8X2 D3 2133 DIMM C11 (ram)||84.99|
|MS OEM WIN7 PRO 64BIT SP1 OEM (operating system)||139.99|
|INLANDPRO ILSILVER 400 WATT ATX PSU (power supply)||24.99|
|Supermicro H8SGL-F (motherboard)||312.00|
|WD 1TB 3.5 MAINSTRM BLUE HD (hard disk)||39.99|
|AMD Opteron 6370P, 16x 2.00GHz, Socket G34, boxed (cpu)||771.00|
|IPSG LG 24X DVD BURNER (dvd drive)||14.99|
|CORSAIR CARBIDE 100R SILENT ATX (pc case)||57.99|
It is actually a pretty amazing computer, even if it won’t help for most common situations. Most software cannot take advantage of a 16 core computer, although I would suspect that photoshop and perhaps a few other graphics rendering software packages might.
This motherboard can support up to 128 gigabytes of memory, it would be a great computer for running quite a few virtual machines simultaneously or some sort of as a application server.