Looking to build my own system again, this will be my fourth in about 8 years. Every few years I build a new one and give my old one to my wife since she just browses the web and email. So I don't do any killer GPU games, mainly real time strategy WWII stuff and while I like good graphics, I don't need high end stuff.
I see that CPU's Buyer's Guide recommends the Intel E5200 for what I want, but I see nothing on the Atom. I want to stick with Intel this time. Can you guys help me out?
I wouldn't even say its the CPU (okay that plays a big role) that is hindering performance. As to not hurt Celeron and Pentium sales, Atoms have worthless motherboards that take 1 DIMM and can support 1 PCI slot. Not ideal for gaming there.
Who here remembers when the Atom based PCs first came out and all the tech sites were benchmarking them on games? They'd have all the graphic settings turned down and running at 800 X 600. Left 4 Dead on a netbook? You betcha! As long as you don't mind 800 X 600 at 15 fps.
Just passin through.. I bet if you tried to play games on an atom board you would blow out all the capacitors in no time..
The insane mini gamer with a fireworks show at the end when it blows up.. your best putting osx on an atom board..
Hey if you wanna play some older games, like Commandos 2 and Quake 3 , then the Atom would be just fine. If you want to build a cheap gaming system then I would say AMD would be the way to go. Of course in my opinion AMDs problem is that it has too many choices below $100. If you want to stick with Intel then I'd say go with an E6300 and a G41 board. If you want to overclock then invest a little more into a good P45 board.
That would leave you $130 - $160 for your CPU/RAMs (which should work from the Athlon II x2 240 to the Athlon II x3 435) --- assuming you can find some 2x2Gb DDR3 in the $70-$80 range (which is about right these days).