Primary us is for X-Plane design and and Flight simulator. Have had great luck with previous AMD systems, but most reviews for the newer stuff are horrible. Any recommendations for "out of the box" (no OC) components?
little more expensive yes, but well in proportion for the extra performance.
Once you factor in the 20-30W total power saving (thanks to fewer IO chips, lower-power CPU/chipset, depending on PSU efficiency and use of AC) over the system's lifespan, the extra $10 up-front actually ends up potentially much cheaper!
I've looked at the power consumption data before, I'd think you might break even in 1-2 years, (assuming your computer was going 24/7), but I wouldn't go as far as to say you're going to be able to go on a trip to disney land with the savingings or anything
Again, I agree
I would say the small amount of power you save would be insignificant. You're talking a few dollars per year, nothing big IMO
I've looked at the power consumption data before, I'd think you might break even in 1-2 years, (assuming your computer was going 24/7), but I wouldn't go as far as to say you're going to be able to go on a trip to disney land with the savings or anything
RAM - http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... You can always add more RAM later, its pretty cheap. I'd suggest if this is within your price range, you should still go with the i5-3570K just to future proof your rig and maybe if you have a heavier load later in the future.
lol, you're welcome. My recommendations are based on needs and budgets, I assure you I recommend Phenom IIs when appropriate.
Phenom IIs are decent CPUs, they still fall a little short of most of the Intel i5s (not all of them mind you), my ex has an i5-2300, my overclocked Phenom II smacked it silly. The i5-23xx series (2300, 2310,2320) had lousy clock rates, I don't think Intel produced too many of em because it left a bad taste in their mouth that AMD's 4 year old K10 architecture could reach out and touch them with an overclock. But once you get into i5-2400 and above, AMD just can't really touch em in the kind of applications you're looking to run specifically unfortunately.