I'm building a computer for a friend who's looking for large number crunching capabilities, good multitasking and probably some mild gaming. His budget is around $1200 CDN, but it could be bumped to $1500 or so. Here's something I quickly spec'd:
Total: $1220.67 + tax (7600 GS) or $1149.68 (7300 GS)
Overclocking is NOT a consideration, since I have very little experience with it, and the guy I'm doing this for is new to building. I'm giving him my old monitor for now, and he'll probably get an nice big LCD when he gets a bit more money.
He wants it for programming with lots of integer and floating point math (huge matrix operations, etc), plus decent gaming performance.
Now I know the E6600 blows away any AMD X2 out there in just about everything, but according to Tom's CPU charts, the X2's kill in the artificial floating point and integer math categories. My question is, would say, an X2 +5200 be a better choice? I'd be very surprised to hear that it is, but I just want to confirm that the Conroe is the better choice.
I'm also hoping to buy all this stuff locally, so some things I've chosen out of local availability.
I was surprised to find AM2 X2 5000+ beats out C2D E6600 in most arithmetic benchies. Show this to your friend & let him decide. If he goes AM2, his pc will be within his budget. Just change the CPU & MOBO.
Thanks. Yeah, I was surprised when I saw how much dominance the X2's and FX's had in those particular categories. Still, I think all around the E6600 is the better choice.
Any critiques on the PSU or GPU?
I have that exact Enermax and I like it, so thats why I chose it.
The video card is just a possibility. I currently have a Radeon x800Xl, so I wanted to try out Nvidia in this build.
The MicroATX desktop case is very professional looking. Has 2 120mm fans. I don't think heat will be a problem. Uses standard ATX PSU. Works great as a stand for a LCD. The majority of LCDs have no height-adjustable stands. They're too low IMO.
Oh yeah, the case comes a 380w psu. Can be used as a backup.