I've decided it's time for a new PC. I'm not too hardware-savvy, so I figured I'd get some advice before going nuts on newegg.
Here's what I want to accomplish with this build:
-Dual boot Windows and Linux
-Be able to play new games without killing the computer. I don't mind "medium" graphics settings for high-end games and such.
-Be able to record music.
-Have enough hard drive space for all of this and a bunch of porn and source code.
I'd like to do all of this for $1500 or less, if possible. The less it costs, the better, obviously. I'd also like to stay away from water-cooling systems. I've had bad experiences with them before(thanks cyberpowerpc ).
For that price you can build one hell of a system.
1. ASUS makes awesome hardware. I have an ASUS Basswood motherboard that has been stretched beyond what it's supposed to do, and it's been solid for 5 years
2. You shouldn't need to worry about drive space nowadays. High capacity drives are inexpensive. Can't really give recommendations on brand as it seems everyone has had shitty experiences with every major brand. My Seagate Barracuda has served me well in my desktop though (although I've had no luck with them before).
3. nVidia and ATi both have good support for linux. I don't know about SLi or Crossfire setups, but both my laptop (ATi) and my desktop (nVidia) both can run linux with graphics drivers.
4. Get at least 6gb(For tri-channel) or 8gb (Dual channel) of RAM.
Other than than, go nuts
I haven't kept up on my CPU knowledge, so i'll let someone else chime in on that one.