I know that there are people here who build their own computers, and I am curious as to what your rigs are. Please share your specs so that others who are planning to build can have some ideas on what to get.
Oh, and to Mac users, I understand that your computers are excellent and I agree. Let's just not turn this thread into another PC-Mac battleground. This is for PC users only, OK? Thanks!
I'll start it off:
Computer Name: Serenity
CPU: Intel Q6600
CPU Cooler: Xigmatec S-1283 Rifle
Motherboard: DFI Lanparty DK X-48T2RS
GPU: Visiontek HD Radeon HD 4870 (plan to get another card for Crossfire)
Memory: 8 GB Ram (4 x 2 GB OCZ)
Hard Drive: Maxtor 160 GB Sata II (for OS and programs)
Maxtor 320 GB Sata II (for scratch disc, storage)
WD 400 GB Sata II (Storage)
WD 640 GB Sata II (still have to install this)
Power Supply: Antec BP550 Plus 550 watts, modular
OS: Vista Home 64 bit
Case: CoolerMaster 690, with additional Yate Loon fans
Display: Samsung Syncmaster 216BW
Speakers: Logitech Z-2300
I/O Devices: Logitech G15 Keyboard, Logitech G5 mouse, Wacom Graphire Tablet
Photo Related Software: Photoshop CS, Rawshooter Essentials(free), Faststone Viewer (free)
This set up is overkill for photo editing and is geared towards gaming. Most of the parts were bought on sale over a 4 month period. I will probably be getting another hard drive or 2 this coming Black Friday, and if there are great deals I might build another PC. I have 5 external USB HD's that I use to archive photos, and my next one will be an eSata one.