So last couple of days been trying to rustle up a decent replacement PC from my local classifieds - seems like im going with this set up - after some custom work and delivery I requested, under $300 for the box.
This configuration seems a bit disproportional in CPU vs. Memory...I think the memory utilization will out page the CPU causing some performance degradation...If the board supports dual CPU you may want to consider adding another
Im not sure myself - although, I will actually probably replace the 500 for a 1tb - they are only $75 bucks on sale right now.. I have 700 something gigs now of various hdd's - when you got lots of room you end up using it.
but its quad core? doesnt that make a difference?
my 6 year old p4 is a 2.66 ? im curious about that myself
from what IO understand it not as great as 4 x better - it just can run multiple threads - some applications have the ability to take advantage of this natively and newer OS use the extra threads to help handle normal operations which clears up more power for your applications.
Apparently this particular AMD is highly overclockable - but that is outside my skillset ( I COULD learn) ~3 ghz
It is easy enough to overclock, but I reckon they get too hot when pushed too far like this. Handling multiple threads will take a lot of load off, so maybe it will run fast. Do they offer a faster native clock speed CPU? More info here. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/amd … ,1935.html It seems to top out at 2.3.
My 2 cents: Minus: for gaming: no GPU. on board GPU usually only allow low setting. I agree with Earnest for higher HDD, should 1 TB at least. I think the processor more be enough even for high demanding task/games thoug Quad Core means nothing if you don't do simultaneous job.
All and all good build for casual games and daily use.
This is great! I like to stream video from the Web to a 65 inch plasma TV but I get slight Digital pixelation with an Nvidia 9200 graphics card.I'm shopping for an upgrade. Can anyone tell me what specks to look for to get the best video quality in the replacement card?Any other advice would be much appreciated as I'm a bit of a computer dummy!
For gaming and better graphics, you definitely need a good graphics card. You can go for some nVidia Quadro or ATI HD series card. Make sure it includes at least 256MB internal memory, the more the better. Power supply of 650 Watts will support most high-end graphics cards.