[kwlug-disc] new computer
ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com
Mon Dec 6 16:26:34 EST 2010
The cost differential from single to dual-core is almost nothing. The
savings might get you a refurbished keyboard.
Dual-core to quad is another story. There is still a premium for four
cores. For basic desktop use, a fast(er) dual-core is more satisfying
than a quad. What is the user doing with this computer? Mail and web?
Then two cores are probably enough.
AMD appears to be a better value at the moment. I like them because I
can get server features (ECC memory) and good graphics on a desktop
motherboard for less than a basic Intel motherboard. This really only
pertains to DIY/custom builds. If you choose to go that way, see what
is on sale at Canada Computers. Maybe something like this:
With onboard video, you won't even need a graphics card. And you get
USB3. With a little more shopping
(http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=4_64&item_id=033429), you can find the parts for a great $300 workstation.
Don't want to build it yourself, then see what's on sale at Dell.
On Mon, 2010-12-06 at 12:04 -0800, William Park wrote:
> I would get cheapest cpu (eg. single-core AM3 Sempron) and spend money on
> memory, harddisk, SSD, case, power supply, monitor, keyboard, mouse.
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> > Sent: Mon, December 6, 2010 2:38:42 PM
> > Subject: [kwlug-disc] new computer
> > So if you were looking at buying a new desktop, what would you be looking at?
> >Where would you buy it?
> > DDR3 almost certainly, but AMD? Intel? Are the quad cores worth the price
> >over dual cores? Dell? Local whitebox?
> > g.
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