by, 10th March 2012 at 09:03 AM (272 Views)
As most of you know, I work for a living. And it's a nice living! And it's nice work, mostly. I get lots of perks, like a computer and the ability to travel around the country (and even internationally, on occasion) to visit clients. But one of the downsides is that when I travel, it's a real pain in the ass to drag along my personal laptop and my work computer, which is a behemoth of a computer (great specs, but not light.) And I bought my personal laptop like 6 months before the Ultrabook craze, so it isn't so ultra; it's got good specs too, but it's heavier than I'd like to bring with me. And bringing a total of like 12 pounds of computer isn't really fun.
So I've decided to make my own computer that I can RDP into from the road. I figure it's the best of both worlds. And I want to be adventurous and build it myself, something I haven't done since I was like 12 with a friend (and that was 11 years ago!). So I was hoping for tips from you guys on good hardware that you know of. I'm looking to make the entire thing for around $500 and reliability/uptime is hugely important to me. It won't be doing anything especially processor-intensive. Maybe playing a few games, but I'm not expecting $1200-rig performance out of it. It will be hosting a lot of media, so I can't do it on just an SSD, and I'm not sure if an SSD justifies the cost.
More/most curious about the best/highest-quality things that aren't obvious, like power supply and fan and case. I'm not wedded to Intel or AMD, but I do want a solid processor because if I do this right, I'll have this computer for 5+ years and I don't want it running into problems with Windows 9.75 or something.
So, any experts out there? I'm all ears.
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