Hey everyone , putting together a new computer right now and I really need some advice. I'm trying to tweak it out to the best of my abilities. I'm on a sort of strict budget, and I'm trying to stay under $1200 but I might be willing to above it if the conditions are appealing.
Oh, and I should mention, I don't need a HDD quite yet since I have a 250gb 7200rpm WD lying around.
Anyhow, here we go.
CPU - Core 2 Duo E6750 - $180 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115029 - Avoiding the QuadCore for money reasons. Do I really need a quad core these days or will a good duo core do the job? Especially considering that I am mainly playing and doing random stuff in windows. What do you guys think?
This ends up being about $1150 which is good. But I'm really unsure about the CPU and the RAM (am I opting for something too cheap?). Otherwise I think it's okay, but I might be missing something really important.
Please advice!!! I'd really, really appreciate it.
Short answer, the RAM you selected is fine... in fact it looks like a pretty good deal!
To quote Tom's Hardware, "Our conclusion is very simple: you get the best bang for the buck if you stick to the mainstream of the memory market, which currently is still DDR2 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DDR2_SDRAM -800 or 1066, preferably at low latencies. DDR3-1066 and -1333 memory do not yet result in better performance, and so should only be considered by hardcore enthusiasts, who aim for maximum overclocking performance knowing that they will get little benefit for spending a fortune." - From this article: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ram-speed-tests,180...
Having "faster" ram wont matter in your "gaming" system, so long as it works with either the 6750 or e8400... and the DDR2-1066 you selected, will! As best I can tell, there's almost no change in performance from DDR2-800 to DDR2-1066 or DDR2-1200 when playing a game... or even with DDR3-1600. There are a few articles on RAM performance on here, and when when all else is equal, the increased speed of the ram doesn't affect FPS in a game.
The real need for faster ram is to support higher FSB and CPU speeds... but that doesn't factor into your decision at this point.
In my own benchmarks, I have have found no observable change in performance from having faster RAM or FSB, while maintaining a constant CPU speed. For example, if you increased the FSB and RAM frequency and decreased the CPU multiplier, then do another benchmark (much like what Tom did in those articles) you'd see no change in performance. This may change with the next generation of Intel chips, with their "doing away with" the FSB, but that remains to be seen.