Do you know what cpu to get for a new computer or upgrade?

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Dynasty

  In the early days during the 1980s we can easily tell how fast a computer is based on its processor or central processing unit (cpu). A 33Mhz computer is faster than a 25Mhz and slower than a 66Mhz computer. It was easy to keep track because there would only be about 5 - 8 new cpu each year. Suddenly in the early 2000s, the cpu constantly getting faster with multiple cores on each processor. To make things more confusing the two biggest cpu manufacturers decided to stop calling their cpu by speed but with a code name like Pentium D 805 or AMD Phenom II 9550.


  For the last two weeks I been looking to either upgrade one of my order computer or build a new computer. The cpu got different names and different cores. Is the AMD 6 Core cpu which cost $249, is 2 times better than the AMD 4 Core cpu which cost about $124? After doing some research I found a comparison benchmark chart that seems to be very good to show the difference between the speed and price. The chart is at located at PassMark.

 
  Eventually I got the $249 cpu because the benchmark showed a big difference between the cpu for $100. If you don't need the speed for gaming, it might be worth saving the $100 then.

Comments (3)

Mark Gridley
eXp Realty, Reinventing the National Real Estate Office! - Fountain Hills, AZ
TecKnow Real Estate Agent, Fountain Hills, AZ

Thanks for the chart. I went with the pentium i7860. I had a AMD on my last computer and it was reliable. Depending on what your doing you might be better advised to put your money into a graphics card and memory. I'm doing a far amount of video and the ATI Radeon 5770 with a gig of memory and 8 gigs of ram really did the trick

Nov 09, 2010 12:11 AM
Song San
Coldwell Banker Dynasty - Rosemead, CA
Broker, MBA

  Mark, 8GB of Ram? Then you must be using a 64-bit Operating System, otherwise the older 32-Bit only recognize up to 3.5GB on 4GB of ram. Thanks for the great advise.

Nov 09, 2010 03:17 AM
Mark Gridley
eXp Realty, Reinventing the National Real Estate Office! - Fountain Hills, AZ
TecKnow Real Estate Agent, Fountain Hills, AZ

Yes Song, Window 7

i7-860 processor

8 gigs ddr3 ram upgradable to 12 gigs

1 Tera HD

ATI Radeon 5770 w/ 1 gig DDR5 dedicatedgraphics memory

BlueRay

I bought it about 5 months ago as my old AMD dual core with 2 gigs and a midiocre Graphics card couldn't handle Adobe Premier Elements without crashing.

I've been doing a lot of Video editing for my marketing plan and customer previewing.

I looked at the AMD 6 core chip and would have prefered it but I had to buy a prebuilt and I couldn't find one with the Graphics Card I wanted.

It's also prewired for 3 monitors Which is nice even though I'm just using 2 at the moment.

 

Nov 09, 2010 07:11 AM