I just bought parts for a home made system where both CPU and memory runs on 1066 MHz FSB. I am going to use it for web application development and gaming + regular use.
- CPU: E7300 Core 2 Duo, 2.66 GHz (Bus speed: 1066 MHz)
- Memory: 2 GB (Bus speed: 1066 MHz)
- Graphics: Radeon HD 4670, 1 GB DDR3
The thing is that I just received an ad for a cheaper (pre built Fujitsu Siemens) computer which might be better:
- CPU: Q8200 Core 2 Quad, 2.33 GHz (Bus speed: 1333 MHz)
- Memory: 4 GB, unknown bus speed
- Graphics: GeForce 9500 GT
The graphics is worse but the cpu is better. Which one should I choose?
web apps shouldnt be to stressful and games do run better on a higher clocked dual core. id say get the e7300 and grab another 2 gb ram. it will be a much better gamer. (ddr2-800 is fine)
you could probably build a better system self
The motherboard for the E7300 is a ASUS P5QL PRO. I bought it so that the CPU and the memory could run on the same bus speed (1066 MHz). I thought that would be good. Is it good, or does it not matter so much?
I have no idea about the motherboard for the Fujistu Siemens (Q8200), it doesn't say in the advertisement.
It sounds like I should stick with the parts I have bought (E7300, etc),
just maybe switch the 2 GB 1066 MHz memory to 4 GB 800 MHz memory, if you think that matching the bus speed does not matter.
Thanks a lot for the info!
I am buying the parts from www.webhallen.com (a Swedish company, since I live in Sweden).
4GB DDR2 RAM (I recommend the G Skill PI)
WD 640GB AAKS
No gaming: Any $20-25 PCIe Gaming 4850/9800GT
The CPU FSB speed of 1066, is equivalent to a memory speed of 533 MHz. 800 MHz RAM rated at 1.8 volts is a much better choice than 1066 RAM, in my opinion.
I will take a look at this and see how it will affect the cost, though I have no idea what "G Skill PI" means. I have never looked at the voltage for the memory before either, but I guess it is mentioned among the details about the memory.
I bought a case with included 400 W power supply.
Is there a big reason I should change to Corsair 450VX?
I will switch my Seagate hard drive to a WD, but a smaller one.
There are latency figures for the memory modules, e.g. 4-4-4-12. How much should I care about those? Two alternatives:
- Corsair XMS2 4096MB DDR2 PC2-6400 800MHz (5-5-5-18) (2x2048MB) (TWIN2X4096-6400C5 G)
- Corsair XMS2 4096MB DDR2 PC2-6400 800MHz (4-4-4-12) (2x2048MB) (TWIN2X4096-6400C4DHX)
The lower one is slightly more expensive. Is it much better?
I will stick with my E7300. It is much cheaper than the alternatives.