[kwlug-disc] new computer

L.D. Paniak 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:

http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=26_340&item_id=031175

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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> ----- Original Message ----
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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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