Benchmark Results: SiSoftware Sandra
Sandra's Arithmetic metric shows the $2600 PC generating scores more than four times higher than the $650 machine’s Core i3. If the rest of the system performed that well, the most expensive machine would finally break through barriers in value.
Unfortunately, we already know that the rest of the top machine's hardware doesn't yield four times the performance of Paul's nifty little build, and that’s where the $1300 machine could get its shot at a value crown.
Perhaps most surprising is the big lead Intel's Core i7-3930K establishes over its own Core i5-2400. We’d expect a 50% improvement for its 50%-higher core count, but it instead returns more than 100% on our investment.
The $1300 machine’s memory was hobbled by its low-end motherboard, which is really a shame since the $37 left over in Don's budget could have gone toward a much nicer platform.
which is not bad... for Just $650 ...So the first piority for gaming PC is still the Video card!
Great as always. It sad that the Nvidia GTX 680 has yet to be considered due to availability and pricing issues hehehehe.
But coming from a notebook background, I more or less have to start from scratch.
I can use my old mouse, and my TV as a monitor. But on top of the estimated build costs listed, I also need the OS, keyboard, and likely other misc. odds and ends.
$200 ($100 OEM) for Windows 7 is brutal.
I also don't want to waste time on a desktop that only has a GPU advantage over the notebook.
Desktop upgrades over even a mobile i7 is still pricey.
Since I know my 2720QM uses the same die as desktops; it'd be swell if I could just yank it out; plug it in a desktop board and call it a 2600k. In a desktop it wouldn't have to stay in a 45W TDP
But.. *sigh*.. the parts are locked, the sockets don't match; and a real life desktop carbon copy of my notebook is out of my budget atm.
If I could find a way to attach a 7870 to my notebook motherboard, I wouldn't have a problem with the frankenstein-ish creation.
The 6670 just doesn't cut it sometimes
But at least you're fairly nice about it.