Not to confuse things... but are AMD CPUs really better than Intel for the current 'top CPU' battle though? I had read that really Intel have all but won the current 'round' really with their dual core chips and AMD just aren't quite up there in the same way as they used to be around 5 years ago with the old Athlons.
I'm not some kind of Intel fanboy (I used to really dislike Intel 5 years ago and was disappointed when I read the above re AMD), just curious why you recommend the Phenom over a similar Intel product.
I must admit I don't keep up with hardware news as much as I used to though so ...
... actually just re-reading around the subject now and it sounds like AMD are better for low to mid range CPUs in terms of getting more bang for your buck, but for higher end stuff Intel are better (but more expensive). I think that's probably where I got my opinion, the chipset I ended up going with was the i7 920 range and the AMD equivalent didn't seem to measure up.
My current PC that I built about a year ago now (would still be bang up to date though I think in terms of spec):
EXDISPLAY Coolermaster Cosmos S Black Aluminium Case - No PSU £120.27
ASUS P6T SE iX58 Socket 1366 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard £143.67
Intel Core i7 920 D0 2.66GHz Socket 1366 8MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor £206.93
Corsair 520W HX Series Modular PSU - ATX12V v2.2 APFC £72.45
OCZ 6GB (3X2GB) DDR3 1333MHz/PC3-10666 Gold XTC Triple Channel Memory Kit For i7 Motherboards £84.99
Sapphire HD 4550 512MB DDR3 VGA DVI HDMI HDCP PCI-E Graphics Card including Low Profile bracket £36.52
Samsung EcoGreen F2 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 32MB Cache - OEM £56.34
That was about £700 or so and is a cracking machine, can't fault it at all and very happy with it. Would probably come in at around £600 now I reckon with a better spec on the HDD and some other bits probably since it's over a year old now (although having said that I don't know how the £ has faired against the dollar, that tends to be the biggest driver of price over shorter periods). Also the case is probably overkill and is about £140 brand new, I went for an ex display one which was perfectly fine, excellent case though, ridiculous amount of room inside it, dust filters are ace and the cable management system is top.
The PSU is quite low rated as well, I would probably go for something bigger than 520W if you're going to play games on a more powerful graphics card, was OK for me though since I wasn't planning on it being a pure gaming rig (although in actual fact it is very fast for gaming even still! ).
UPDATE: actually looking online now the i7 is actually more expensive now by £50 than when I bought it which is a surprise. Looks to be around £250+ now for the same model I paid £200 for a year ago, probably forex rates have driven it up I reckon, can't see why it would increase in price on it's own? Who knows.
AMD are still crown i believe for bang for buck, and to get under 500, depending on whether you need an OS etc, i think that AMD build may be a shout.
YOur spec is similar to mine Munk, bar i went for a 930 when i built, a 2tb hdd, and a 64gb ssd with 5850
how good are these ssd drives dire, in a real world environment? Do you just have the OS and apps on them with everything else on a normal HDD?
hmmm, i knew this wasn't going to be simple. I've just installed the graphics card that DG sent me and the two monitors are now plugged in. However, when I go to display properties to setup up the second monitor there is still only one screen appearing. Have I done something wrong?
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I'm no expert before you ask me anything too technical!
But have you tried downloading the driver software? Look here: Download NVIDIA Forceware - FileHippo.com
(not sure if this is the right one for you)
I got a cd that came with my graphics card with the nvidia software on (which I think is the same as above), I use this to configure my multiple screens.
If you want a top end CPU, then you're looking at Intel yes. Frankly though, it's a moot point, because that's the i7 980X 6-core job which costs an eye-watering amount.
Originally Posted by munk
The 920 is the fastest quad core around, but the AMD six core X6 processors will match it at a similar price point.
They're extremely competitive at the moment, not a lot to choose between them.
Pretty much as you have said Eddie, unless you have wads of cash, no point getting a bigger SSD than say 64GB. Just install your OS/apps on this, and use a cheaper SATA drive as your main storage/backup.
Originally Posted by Eddie
You will notice the difference in both load/boot times.
Another question about this,
I was talking to a mate at work and he said about having more than one page open at a time which would enable you to use just one monitor rather than two.He sent me a screen shot earlier of 4 different pages he had open on a 24" monitor and to me that looked good.
Does anyone use this option and if so is it ant good.
If I've understood you right:
I use Aero snap (Windows 7 feature) with a 23" 2048x1152 at home and 22" 1920x1080 at uni. I can fit 2 windows at once side by side using that feature, which is nice because you just drag the window off the side of the page and it works instantly. More than that, I wouldn't bother, because there just isn't enough res to fit pages in without lots of scrolling, which defeats the object.
Certain bookies like Coral have fixed width sites, so even if you've got a high-res monitor like my 2048x1152 you can't fit it on half the screen. I would still much prefer a dual screen setup for mb purposes, but it just isn't feasible or convenient at the moment.
Mind you, without Aero snap, and dual windows open side by side, I would find things a lot tougher, so I guess it's definitely better than nothing.
If I've got you wrong, then sorry - disregard my post.
Yeah you got it mate,sorry it wasnt the best explanation in the world.Decisions decisions hey.