I’ve been desperately in need of a better computer for all my digital artwork, and I finally got around to building one. A lot of parts purchased from a coworkers old gaming machine, some new parts from me, and a little work installing and configuring. It also now supports multiple monitors, so I added a little mutant arm to the stand behind my desk and put a small old monitor to use for reference, tool placement, or media consumption while working.
What I had: started as an old Windows XP Media Center Edition someone was throwing out.
Single 32 Bit 2.8 GHz Processor
2 Gb Max RAM
Onboard Intel VGA Graphics
What I’ve now built:
Quad-Core 2.3 GHz (each) 64 Bit Processor
8 Gb Ram
Dual ATI Radeon RV670 HD graphics cards (up to four monitors)
Solid State HDD for xubuntu install
Still probably old by some standards but sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much faster.