For the last few systems I’ve built, I have used Microcenter for motherboard/CPU combos. If you buy both, they are usually cheaper than Newegg.
For storage, I have been following Backblaze’s blog (at
https://www.backblaze.com/blog/hard-drive-stats-for-q2-2018); they have 100,000 drives in their data center and keep detailed stats on reliability. Based on that, I have been using HGST
drives. For SSDs, I use Samsung Pro.
After a capacitor debacle on our HD exporter a few years ago, I have started buying and storing an extra motherboard when I build a new system; years later, I want to be able to swap it out without having to rebuild the whole machine, or
pay $1000+ on ebay for a drop-in replacement, or re-cap a motherboard (doable, but takes a good bit of time).
- Jesse Diller
IT Director, Strong Tower Christian Media
WEEC 100.7FM / WFCJ 93.7FM
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, December 06, 2018 2:13 PM
Subject: RE: [CRTech] New Main Automation Computer
I remember building many tigerdirect “Barebones” kits about 6-10 years ago. I mostly use newegg now ( making sure I’m actually buying from newegg, since they also have ”marketplace” sellers now), but you’re
correct in that the barebones kits seem to have disappeared. I have used
https://pcpartpicker.com/ To help assemble a list of components as it can detect compatibility problems. I like seasonic power supplies and Fractal for cases, unless you want rackmount, then I tend to use iStar. I’ve been using ASrock and ASUS mostly for
motherboards, but check reviews as everyone makes a dud now and then. As usual you tend to get what you pay for with components. Maybe you can risk a failure of an SSD on an office machine so you can buy the $49 special from TEAMgroup, But I wouldn’t put one
in an automation computer. Samsung EVO PRO is generally regarded as the best with a price tag to match. Ram seems to be more about the actual chip maker than the brand on the box, Samsung again being a leader there. For spinning disks I used to buy nothing
but Seagate, but now (since the Thailand flood?) it seems WD is the preferred brand and Seagate is garbage….so I’ve been buying WD.
This brings up another question: places like Tigersoftware used to sell the kits to build your own computer. No one seems to do that any more. When you self build do you just go buy each part separately?
Unless you install windows 10……
Building your own will definitely give you the best price/performance ratio, as long as you don’t count your time in the price….
From: Greg Myers <Greg@kcfyfm.com>
Sent: Thursday, December 06, 2018 9:13 AM
To: CRTech <email@example.com>
Subject: re: [CRTech] New Main Automation Computer
I build my own and have for the past 15 years with great results. That way I KNOW that I have a clean install of Windows with absolutely no "bloatware"!
From: "Jim McDermott" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Wednesday, December 5, 2018 2:06 PM
To: "CRTech" <email@example.com>
Subject: [CRTech] New Main Automation Computer
If you were shopping for a new PC to run your station automation on, what would you look for and where would you shop? Asking for a friend...
Currently running RCS Zetta and Axia Audio Drivers
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