I need a new computer. While Apple, Dell and Hewlett-Packard all make fine machines, I want something made just for me. I want a custom machine which will serve all my needs. It needs to be fast, quiet and powerful. It needs enough on-board memory so I never have to worry about memory availability again. It needs the capability to duplicate a CD or DVD. It needs to be outfitted for web-casts, video production, digital image editing and all those other things which a home / small business computer
is depended upon. Oh yeah, and it must be virtually indestructible. A self-cleaning function would be nice too, but I think that might be asking a bit much. Now here's the angle: I want our DIY Life readers to help me assemble my component package. I want your input about the parts
I will need to assemble this top-notch machine.
My first consideration is my power feed. I don't mean the interior power source for the machine itself, I'm talking about the power management unit I plug my computer into.
The surge protector which I am currently using is about 15 years old and while it does a fine job of cutting power if there's a spike, it will no longer bridge any measurable voltage drops and that results in questionable computer usage any time there's a storm brewing. We have very "dirty" power provided in the rural area where we live and slight voltage drops are common when the wind blows over 40 mph. I need a power management unit which will help moderate the electrical current that flows to my computer
and which will successfully bridge the occasional voltage dips so I can safely shut down the machine if or when the need presents itself. I'll set my budget target at about $150 for this item but remember, to me exceptional equipment justifies additional expense.
My second consideration is the case for my new machine. I'm not overly picky but I want a sharp looking machine which stands upright. As far as color, either black or silver are fine. I demand a high percentage of steel because basically I have always despised plastic and I'd like a unit which will stay put.. I'd like it if all or most of the machine's interior components
can be on slide out modules for cleaning. I'm thinking that exterior filters on the air intake might be a nice touch if they're available and the case must be ready to easily adapt to a considerable amount of possible options and upgrades. I'll set a budget target of about $150 for the case but that's adjustable if an internal power source is included and is also dependent upon quality
So, I now submit these considerations to the world of blogging for your educated and highly valued input. I already have suggested parts
lists from individuals I greatly trust but I'm looking for additional new ideas
. I invite you to use this opportunity to showcase your favorite manufacturers but please keep your comments relevant to this blog post.
Here's your opportunity gang, show me what you have and I'll write about my choices and purchases as I make them. We'll build this thing together and soon, I'll have the best computer on the planet!
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