What do you think of my build?


Aug 27, 2011
Hi homebuild experts,

I'm looking to build a high-performance workstation for around $1000.

I haven't built my own machine in six years! I've been lazy and have bought Dell, but I just can't find the specs that I want for reasonable price.

I'm a software developer. I run both Windows (host) and Linux in a virtual machine. I usually have Photoshop, Dreamweaver, various development IDE's, Web servers, etc. running at the same time. I believe I need 12 GB of RAM. I do not play games :)

I'd like to boot off a small SSD and then have my storage RAIDed on two larger drives (I already own the hard drives, so not included).

Here's what I have so far:

SSD $220 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227706
CPU $220 i5-2500k http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
Video $139 Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127490
RAM $110 16GB DDR3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428
Mobo $125 GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128502
Case $90 Case w/ 500W power http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156062
DVD $19 Sony DVD w/ Lightscribe http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118040

Total $993

Your thoughts?

Thanks a ton for the help.