Approximate Purchase Date: this week
Budget Range: 400-800
System Usage from Most to Least Important:
-would like to be able to do all of the following at same time: watch movies, surf the internet, talk on skype, stream stock quotes/make quick trades, run stock charting software, MS excel and word
-possibly some CAD/FEA simulations (not a requirement)
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS (Windows 7)
Parts Preferences: No
SLI or Crossfire: No
I tried to improve on the 3 configs listed in the “BestConfigs Poll - Intel-Based Office PC” based on the comments and my usage and came up with the following:
Would I see any performance gains doing what I listed above if I spend the extra $110 for a Intel Core i7-2600 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz? I hope this would prolong the time to the next upgrade, and this would make it possible to run FEA simulations if I ever decide I want to.
I would like to be able to run two monitors and maybe have the ability to add more in the future. Can this MB do this?
Thanks for the advice everyone. The AMD Llano and i3 chips look really good.
Great MB tip jerreddredd.
I’m thinking intel for upgradability for years down the road or in case I decide to give up on xbox and start PC gaming or run FEA Simulations.
Are you guys saying that I won’t even be able to notice a difference between the i3 and i5?
The reason why I was thinking the i5 is that I have very high expectations of this computer, I would like to be able to do a lot at once and it to be very fast and seamless. I will be spending about 10 hours a day on it including some day trading. I am also used to work computers with i7s, min 8GB of ram, only SSD drives, and 30 inch monitors. I lost $1000 last week on a trade because my computer took about 20 seconds to long to restart and open programs. So I don’t mind spending closer to the 800 end of the range.
Then the Intel would be worse in terms of gaming, the i3 2100's APU is worse, much worse than the Llano's 6550. Also, is FEA Simulations like VMware? If it is like VMware, Llano again would be a better option. More physical cores is better for running more VMwares.
i3 to i5 you probably wouldn't notice the difference but the i5 is defiantly a lot better in terms of CPU power.
The boot was defiantly not because of the CPU (IMO) I think you should be looking at a larger SSD then, not a better CPU. Opening a computer would matter a lot more about the SSD/HDD's speed than the CPU. Though it does have a minor effect. The Llano is defiantly enough for your needs.
By FEA simulations I mean simulations of physical systems used for engineering. Very CPU intensive, can easily require 7 CPUs from days to over a week to do one simulation. Not too worried about it though because I dont think many developers offer student versions.
I think you guys are winning me over to the Llano, as long as I won't really notice a difference over the i5.
If I started doing lots of gaming, wouldn't I want to add a graphics card anyway?
processing wise, the i5 will wipe the floor with the Llano and the i3 will edge out in any single threaded tasks. what gives the Llano the edge is the built in Graphics. The Llano's graphic processor is far superior to the i5's (intel 2000, even the intel 3000 graphics pale in comparison) for anything that is graphic intensive. Llano's graphics still aren't up to he level of a $60 discreet graphics (HD 5570) card, but great for entry level systems.
cpu powerwise the Llano can't even match the i3 2105 in single threaded and some multi threaded. (keep in mind this is Dual core i3 vs 2 AMD quad cores) http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/amd-a8-3850-llano,2...
only in graphics intensive test does the Llano shine against the dual core i3 and its built-in graphics.
Ahhh if FEA's are CPU intensive, you want to go with the i5 then. That has great computing power. The Llano's APU is great in graphics though. It'll perform well in gaming.
If you want to go with a strong CPU, I suggest waiting for BD. The crazy high floating point on BD chips seem like it'll perform well in things like FEA. Only saying this because it's predicted that the BD chip would perform well in F@H so... maybe it'll do well in FEA as well so worth the wait. But you know.