I'm trying to get a grip on what it would take to have a PC that feels a lot faster than the one I have.
I have a PC from 2005 running an AMD Athlon 64 3500+ CPU that has a Passmark CPU Mark score of 562. I'm thinking on building a new PC with an Intel chip for general purpose use (web, streaming video like Netflix and DVD movies, big Excel files) at as low a price point as I can with upgradeability in mind.
I see these CPUs available on newegg today as the cheapest in each "family" ... all 1155 socket chips ...
> Celeron G530, $50 ... Passmark CPU score 2269
> Pentium G620, $64 ... Passmark CPU score 2486
> Pentium G850, $88 ... Passmark CPU score 2801
> I3-2100, $120 ... Passmark CPU score 3863
Compared to what I currently have the cheapest CPU has a score 4 times better.
*** Does this suggest that a new PC would run 4 times faster overall?***
I'm thinking the CPU will go in a new mobo that would support an IB chip in a year or so ... making me lean towards a very cheap CPU now that I toss at some point.
I have a 7200 rpm drive now so little room for improvement there but I would go from WinXP to Win7, old drive connection to SATA3 and old on-board graphics to something better (not a card but better). Maybe a SSD if that would be a huge difference.
Looking for thoughts before I spend real cask and don't get better than what I have!