I am considering building a PC for the first time in about 10 years. I would really appreciate a review of the components I have chosen. I hope to run mainly ArchLinux, where I'll be doing browser development (WebKit builds) and Debian Live builds. Though from time to time, I would like to frag in Quake Live. :)

Component list (Budget ~800GBP)


I've been told I need at least 500W. I wonder can I get a PSU with a display that shows how much power my rig is sucking down?


Hard drive



Does this box come with a stock cooler?


Intel is most likely to be stable and have good BIOS upgrades that work in Linux. Right?

Video card

I need (at least) two DVI outputs for two monitors with Xinerama



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    I really don't think the reference to Quake Live is necessary in this question. It does however stand on it's own without. – BinaryMisfit Aug 26 '09 at 15:30
  • You can get a killawatt thinkgeek.com/gadgets/travelpower/7657 which will tell you what all sorts of things are using powerwise. – stimms Aug 26 '09 at 16:17

I think you are going a little overkill here. For quake live you won't need more than an 7800 series nvidia card, and I know my 9600GT happily runs dual monitors (with compiz) and any modern games. Hell I had a Windows 7 partition for a while and the 9600 ran the Crysis demo with ~high settings at 1680x1050 at >20fps. I say step down a notch or two on the video card, you aren't really going to need the extra power and you can put that money into a second, larger hard drive for storing all your files that don't require the R/W speeds of a 10k rpm or solid state drive (music, movies, etc).


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