My $1600 build only needs to enable 50% more performance than Don’s $1200 machine to reach value parity. 3ds Max nearly gets me there.
Unfortunately for both of us, Don’s $1200 PC doesn't quite maintain twice the performance of Paul’s $600 configuration.
Don’s machine lurches closer to mine in Blender, but at least he’s getting a little advance on Paul. With the $600 PC performing beyond its price in most of our previous benchmarks, Don needs this break.
Don’s $1200 build is nearly twice as fast as Paul’s $600 PC again in Visual Studio 2010. Still needing only a 50% performance advance over Don, my $1600 PC breaks that barrier in the same benchmark.
I got my two licenses for like, $20. Though I probably couldn't get any more like that, I don't need any more at the moment, thanks. If you don't want the OS, and you win my PC, just tell me and I'll keep it. Thanks!
Disposition should I be a fortunate winner:
1. Having not messed with a "new" Athlon, I might put a 92mm cooler on it and see what I can get out of it for a week or three. I'd almost certainly contribute a SSD to it, then most likely donate it to a startup I know of that actually is more in need of office-type PCs (but they do play some games).
2. If the motherboard were micro-ATX, I'd probably use most of these parts to upgrade / replace my Phoenix PC, as they represent a platform upgrade. It would be a substantial upgrade to my Omega PC, but I like the idea of maintaining that AM3+ system due to the overall quality of the parts in it. If the Apevia case surprises me due to its quality, I may use it anyway. One way or another, this would lead to another complete system donation though.
3. The parts in this one appear to be of sufficient quality / durability that I would probably end up forsaking the Omega PC for this one. I'd put its 990FX onto my test bench though to keep it around, and donate that one (MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming) as above.