I just ordered the parts for what will be my newest main desktop. I decided to go with an AMD processor this time around. My current desktop has a Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 which is a quad-core process running at 2.4ghz. I've had this quad-core for about three years and it still has a lot of life in it. I'll be giving it to my son. This current system also has 8gb of RAM. My new system will have 16gb. The AMD process I went with for the new build is an FX-8150 eight core running at 3.6ghz. It's supposed to be a very good process, though I've read some reviews that claim it bottlenecks games.
Even though I'm getting into game development, I don't play a lot of the mainstream games. Most are first-person shooters, and I've grown tired of that genre. I do play some FPS on the PS3 from time to time, but about the only games I play on the PC are Minecraft, Portal, and the occasional Empire Earth I/II. I've been using Windows 7 on my main desktop for quite some time and my new build will be Linux all the way. I venture into Windows from time to time to play Portal and Empire Earth, but I've decided that Windows uses way too much of my hard drive. I have a 128gb SSD as my main drive and this just isn't enough for Windows these days. It's plenty for Linux, however, as I'll be using network shares for most of my saves and using the SSD for the OS only. I detest platter hard drives unless they are in a hardware RAID configuration because I've lost about ten of them in the past five years. I have terrible luck with mechanical hard drives.
At any rate, I bought a pretty nice system for around $660 after shipping. I'll be using it for rendering some 3D work I'll be doing as practice for my game development endeavor. Hopefully the 8-core CPU will shine when it comes to this type of work. Here is a list of the components that I bought:
It should be noted that I didn't get a video card because I have a few spare AMD/ATI cards (though I really prefer nVidia). I plan to use my AMD HD6950 in this new computer. I also don't have a hard drive listed in this build because I will be using my current SSD along with a NAS and a rack mount server which has a nice RAID as well. That's the one good thing about having all this extra computer equipment laying around. New builds are usually pretty cheap because I usually reuse at least a few components. A comparable computer with the same components would run me well over $1000. I would guestimate that it would cost at least $1500 with the same specs.