A New Quad Core Complete Desktop System For $241! Part 2
Yes, the AMD Athlon II X4 620 is a quad core CPU that is more than fast enough to keep darn near any computer user more than happy. How fast? Just about neck in neck with the Intel Q8200 which costs about 50% more and requires a far more expensive motherboard!
I had a very similar Intel Conroe CPU just before my current Core i7 920 killer desktop system and let me tell you, it more than did the job... in every app but that outrageous RAM and CPU cycle hog Adobe Photoshop CS4 of course...
I'm not going to go through all of the convoluted and complex technical specifications of the brand spanking new AMD Athlon II X4 620 CPU as that is currently being covered by the formally technical websites. Just google AMD Athlon II X4 620 and you'll be rewarded with more discussions of the effect of the cache to die ratio in a microprocessor lacking L3 Cache until your eyes cross. Let it suffice to say that the AMD Athlon II X4 620 is a perfectly satisfactory microprocessor to be considered the base of the most economical quad core desktop PC system ever designed by homo sapiens.
We're going to stick with newegg.com for our price comparisons as it's the market leader and it has a very easy to navigate website, along with an absolutely sterling reputation for fast shipping and standing behind their products with a no questions asked return policy. It's a common saying around the computer community that newegg.com's RMA department is easier than Paris Hilton.
Building a computer is very easy. The web is littered with step by step photographic instructions of how to plug RAM A into Slot B. If you're really totally inept, you won't have to look far to find some nerdy teenager who will be more than happy to build the PC for you in exchange for a six pack of Jolt Cola.
So let's start with the mobo to plug our AMD Athlon II X4 620 into. Let's go with the
ECS A740GM-M v1.0A AM2+ AMD 740G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
for a staggering, jaw dropping $25 after rebate. (Don't worry, ECS is not one of those companies that takes the entire Christian era to send you your rightful rebate check.) The best thing about this ECS motherboard is that it has the AMD 740G video subsystem directly on the board! If you are one of the vast majority of computer users who don't need 19.4 zillion x 12.7 zillion pixel resolution or require blindingly fast frame rates while playing Crysis, and just use your computer for standard applications and web surfing, you will never need to shell out for a video card!
By the way, don't worry when you go to newegg's page for the CPU and find
AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor
"Oh my gawd... it's an AM3 and you're configuring it with an AM2+ motherboard! It won't fit! It won't work! The sky is falling! Aaaaaaaaahhhhhh!"