Results: File Compression
Don and I run down to the wire in 7-Zip, with the $1600 PC’s performance exceeding its premium over the $1200 machine. Unfortunately for us, Paul’s entry-level $600 rig isn’t slow enough to offset Don’s comparatively doubled price.
The $1200 PC surges ahead in WinRAR, while the $1600 and $600 builds hit roughly the same chart scale as they did in 7-Zip.
WinZip mixes things up. I’m happy to see my $1600 PC performing nearly twice as well as the $1200 machine when using the program’s demanding “EZ” switch, but sad to see the $600 machine tied for second place. This will definitely hurt the value scores of both stepped-up configurations.
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.