Making my first Desktop after having issues in my laptops, time for me to invest in a solid, reliable workstation at home.
Approximate Purchase Date: in 2 weeks
Budget Range: $500-600
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Basic Apps, Remote desktop to work, Surfing the internet, Watching movies
Are you buying a monitor: No
Parts I already have : Logitech Wireless keyboard and mouse
Do you need to buy OS: No - Planning to install Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Location: Fremont, CA US
Parts Preferences: I would like to have AMD for price to performance value.
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Your Monitor Resolution: Dell 23-inch Wide ST2320L 1920x1080 full HD
Additional Comments: I would like a quiet, reliable and future upgradeable PC.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I always wanted to have a desktop, now two of my laptops are in repair (Macbook Pro with I/O component issue and HP HDX16 with a backlight issue) so it’s time for me to get my Desktop.
ADATA Premier Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model AD3U1333C4G9-DRH -- $44.99
Price is about $653.93 for the price it is a very very good internet surfer and movie watching and also can play most games on high quality this is a very great build for you, in my opinion its the best price for a quality computer.
Above is Tom's CPU Hierarchy. It is gaming focused but you still get the idea. http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html
Above is the passmark ranking.
The FX 4170 is a good CPU. It is basically a factory overclocked FX 4100.
Having said that the intel CPU option is much more powerful while using a lot less energy. Notice in Tom's hierarchy the i5 3470 is two tiers above the FX 4170.
Passmark benchmarks the i5 3470 at 7429 and the FX 4170 at 4606. The i5 3470 wins slightly from a price/performance standpoint $0.027/point vs $0.028/point.
The Ivy Bridge chip i5 3470 comes with Intel's HD 2500 graphics on the chip. This graphic solution is excellent at decoding DVDs, Blu-Rays, and 1080P media. It surfs the internet fine but would lag if you were to do any gaming.
As far as the remote desktop the i5 would be your best bet.
Thanks pacioli. I am impressed with your comparison and went through the CPU section, looks like AMD Trinity is around the corner will it be worth to wait a bit (not sure how long). I am thinking to replace the HD with a SSD. My wifey watches Netflix not sure that will work on Ubuntu, but sure there should be some alternative.
I don't think Netflix works on Linux... yet...
AMD Trinity looks promising so far. We'll see what the real benchmarks are once it is released.
You can always wait for the next/newest/better thing. The fact is the current generation of CPUs from Intel is powerful, efficient, and inexpensive. Intel is almost outmaneuvering themselves as I can see myself not needing to upgrade my PC for two or three years.
The AMD solutions work fine too. If you are running an AMD rig your experience will be nearly identical no matter which CPU you get... it's just that at the moment Intel has the price/perf lead over AMD at virtually all price points.
AMD's lower end chips, like the FX 4100, are great in productivity applications. The thing that bugs me most is that the FX series seems like a step back when compared to the former AMD flagships, the Phenom II 955-985 BE. I'd rather have a 965 BE than an FX 4170 any day. I believe this is why AMD has been re-releasing the old Phenom 2 chips on Newegg for the past month.