Well, it’s actually be running a while now. I’ve just not got around to blogging about. I decided to go and purchase the components of the new system and put them together myself. It took a couple of evening over a week to do it; and I now feel like I’ve got a good grasp of the hardware basics that go into constructing a desktop computer. Here are the components:- . I didn’t go for a flashy case, keeping that to a low cost, while emphasizing the performance capabilities of the machine on the guts, motherboard, CPU and RAM. Here are the internal once put together:- All in all it cost about the same to the bargain basement machine we got from PC world about 4 years old, just that this time I’ve gone to some effort to ensure that it is a bit more future proof then the last machine – you can see the size of the CPU fan compared to the rest of the component space on the motherboard!