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Thursday, October 5, 2006

More Upgrade Ponderings

I was just reading some benchmarks on Intel's Core 2 Duo chips. Most impressive. If you are looking at a computer upgrade, this really seems to be a good time to do it. Intel's new chips are finally competitive with AMD's, forcing AMD to drop prices. The Core 2 Duo E6300 is great on the low-end and holds up with AMD's mid-range Athlon 64 X2s. The Core 2 Duo E6600 is a bit more expensive, but comes with a 4M cache which would future-proof Intel's design more. Intel's chips are also much better overclockers, if you are into that sort of thing (and I'm not). Combine either company's CPU with an nForce motherboard and you've got yourself one sweet system.

Unfortunately, all of this means that I'm really jonesing for an upgrade.

Wednesday, October 4, 2006

Upgrade Ponderings

Ever since my scare with my box a month or so ago, I've been doing some preliminary research on a new box. It looks like I'd want to go with an nForce 570 SLI motherboard and an Athlon 64 X2 processor. That dual core stuff seems too slick for words. I read an interesting article over at Anandtech, discussing the value of dual core CPUs and Linux. It would be really slick to be able to compile something (for example) or burn a DVD and not have to treat my computer as if it were a precious vase. I figured an upgrade (including an SATA hard drive, PCI-E video card, memory, and a case) would set me back about $650 for one of the lower-end X2 processors. That'd be a pretty reasonable deal and would give me quite a speed-up over my Athlon XP 1800+. Maybe then I could replay Half-Life 2 without inducing vomiting.

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