[kwlug-disc] Specs for new home rig - Opinions and recommendation wanted

Raul Suarez rarsa at yahoo.com
Sun Aug 21 09:58:32 EDT 2011

It got settled and bought.

CPU - AMD 1100T Black edition: The 1090T was on sale but the price difference wasn't that much.
MOBO - ASUSM5A88-V EVO: Fits well with the processor and provides good overclocking functions
RAM - 8 GB @1866 MHz: I decided to get faster RAM even if I got less. I can always add more.
PSU - Enermax Tomahawk II 550W: Seemed better than the OCZ

Total tally, right on my original budget
Regarding the Intel/AMD comparisons. Yes, you can get faster Intel, but for the same price you get the same comparative performance. For my purposes I think 6 cores are better than 4 even if the overall performance for an individual task is the same.


Raul Suarez

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From: Charles M <chaslinux at gmail.com>
To: KWLUG discussion <kwlug-disc at kwlug.org>
Sent: Sunday, August 21, 2011 10:25:28 AM
Subject: Re: [kwlug-disc] Specs for new home rig - Opinions and recommendation wanted

> From my tomshardware reading, the intel cpu's significantly outperform anything AMD, and AMD isn't 

I think your probably correct Bill, but my wife's quad core AMD significantly outperforms anything else we have in the house. Raul will probably be happy at least for a couple of years with that set-up, except I didn't see video cards mentioned other than the on-board.

I'm not sure how good the OCZ PSU is. OCZ are well known for their memory. To me the PSU is critical since it's where all your power is coming into the system. It doesn't matter if you have a terrahertz CPU and supported motherboard if the system gets fried quickly. Not saying the OCZ isn't good, I just haven't researched it.


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