On several occasions now, over the past couple of months, I have made a few threads within this section of the forums, in regards to where to buy a new computer from, or whether certain configurations are any good or not. Can't say the replies came flooding in, but I did get some. Anyway, I've decided to go about my quest in a different way this time, as I really need to get myself into gear in regard to this new computer of mine. Was going to get one at the start of 2008, that is near five months ago now. Anyway, below is a list of processors and graphics cards. I'd greatly appreciate it if a few of you could tell me what each one is best for, what they're advantages are, what they're disadvantages are, and suchlike. Processors:
- AMD PHENOM Quad Core 9550
- AMD PHENOM Quad Core 9750
- AMD PHENOM Quad Core 9850
- Intel Core 4 Quad Q6600
- Intel Core 4 Quad Q9300
- Intel Core 4 Quad Q9450
- Intel Core 4 Quad Q9550
PS: If someone could tell me the benefits of the AMD and Intel processors too, that would be helpful to know also. :) Graphics Cards:
- nVidia GeForce 8600GT 1024MB
- nVidia GeForce 8800GT 1024MB
- nVidia GeForce 9600GT 1024MB
- nVidia GeForce 9800 GTX 512MB
- nVidia GeForce 9800 GX2 1024MB
PS: If buying a computer for general use (MSN, Net Surfing, Gaming, Light Photo/Video Editing) would one really need 1024MB's worth of Graphics? Also, does anyone by any chance know the difference between Vista Home and Vista Home Premium? PS: If anyone is wondering where these are coming from, then it would be Cubbe247: Cube247 - Award Winning Computers Many Thanks for all and any replies in advance.
First off, stick with an Intel CPU. Despite what many AMD fans will say, on average, Intel CPUs tend to last longer and handle better. From the looks of it, you're not doing anything hugely intensive, so... I'd get a Q6600 processor, as they're the best value for money. Also, if in the future you wish to get a better one, all you have to do is spend about $60 on a decent cooler (you should actually get a decent one to start off with, the stock Intel one is pretty crap) and you can overclock the stock 2.4GHz to about 3.2 pretty easily. I'd get 4GB of RAM, as this really helps when multi-tasking, and also when photo/video editiong. I'd recommend Corsair Dominators. To use the full 4GB though, you'll need a 64bit version of Vista. 32bit versions only use about 3GB when all's said and done. Oh, and no, you won't really need 1GB of video memory for gaming, but it's nice to be future proof. BUT I would wait and get the new GTX280 that's coming out in June. It's about as much as a GX2, but you get a 50% performance increase (supposedly). As to the vista versions... Home Premium comes with the cool transparent Vista effects, and Windows Media Center, Basic doesn't. (hint hint: I'd get Premium ;)) Save yourself a good $400 though and get the OEM version. Hope that helps.