Buying a computer based upon how much space it takes rather than by what it can do is perhaps the most mindless thing I can think of.
Unless of course you don't do any real work or have any real entertainment needs.
My last purchase was primarily based upon wanting to stream blu-ray quality audio and video from my computer to my audio/video system. The video part was much easier than the audio part.
Of course all of these things come in a small or at least medium-sized form factor now.
Maybe a nice coloring book would suffice for you...
I used to build my machines but I quit because the system prices made it tough to build something faster and stay within my budget. I don't buy the latest and best parts because they will be knocked from that position in short order. I tend to buy when I need/want something new and buy at the the price/performance part of the curve just below the steep price rise. My last machine was a Dell Studio XPS 8300 for $599. I have grown lazy.
01/10/2011--I suspect you know the deal already...
Intel Corp. and Nvidia Corp. on Monday announced that they entered into a new comprehensive long-term patent cross license agreement. For the future use of Nvidia's technology, Intel will pay NVIDIA an aggregate of $1.5 billion in licensing fees payable in five annual installments, beginning January 18, 2011.
Under the new agreement, Intel will have continued access to Nvidia's full range of patents. In return, Nvidia will receive an aggregate of $1.5 billion in licensing fees, to be paid in annual installments, and retain use of Intel's patents, consistent with its existing six-year agreement with Intel. This excludes Intel's x86 processor architecture, flash memory and certain chipsets for the Intel platform. The two companies also have agreed to drop all outstanding legal disputes between them.
"This agreement signals a new era for Nvidia. Our cross license with Intel reflects the substantial value of our visual and parallel computing technologies. It also underscores the importance of our inventions to the future of personal computing, as well as the expanding markets for mobile and cloud computing," said Jen-Hsun Huang, chief executive officer and co-founder of Nvidia.
There are not a lot of companies who receive money from Intel. The fact that the world largest maker of microprocessors agreed to license Nvidia's highly-parallel compute and graphics technologies indicate that the company does consider GPGPU and massively-parallel architectures an important part of the future. Meanwhile, it is also clear that Intel does not want third-party chipsets for its microprocessors and has no plans to license x86 technology to other companies.
This $1.5 billion obligation will be recognized as a liability totaling approximately $1.4 billion, on a discounted basis. Intel recognized an expense of $100 million in the fourth-quarter of 2010, classified as "marketing, general and administrative". The remaining amount, approximately $1.3 billion, will be recognized as an intangible asset in the first quarter of 2011 and will be amortized into cost of sales over future periods. With the exception of one agreement term that is confidential, the agreement will be made available in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
"This agreement ends the legal dispute between the companies, preserves patent peace and provides protections that allow for continued freedom in product design. It also enables the companies to focus their efforts on innovation and the development of new, innovative products," said Doug Melamed, Intel senior vice president and general counsel.
The "best CPU" answer really depends on the job that it is going to do. What application will you be running and where will it bottleneck. Most routine tasks are single threaded and beyond a certain point, cores will idle down and not be used. There is a certain amount of "religion" involved in the decision. I have no experience with any of the AMD CPU so I cannot offer any recommendations for/against there. There are a number of sites that discuss the gory details and share experiences.
I have been pleased with the Quad Core Sandy Bridge. I don't play video games but I did get a 35in 1920x1080 monitor (for my eyes and Netflix).
ark.intel.com will let you compare CPU side by side and what features match and are different.
Wikipedia has some good table on Intel and I expect AMD.
The most common bottleneck is memory: speed and size. Slower memory takes more cycles to get data to/from the CPU. The CPU waits for data. When the memory nears being full, it will start tossing some memory pages to disk. Putting the page to disk and getting it back is msec instead of nsec. 1,000x slower. I target 8gb of memory. 6gb would probably work but the system had 4gb and I got a pair of 2gb.
Pay special attention to the memory.
Add up the watts you will be expecting to burn so you do not have to upgrade the power supply when you select your GPU board. Many require an oversized supply.
You might gather running temperature data on the CPU.
Lord knows I don't want overkill on the fans like I did with the last core 2 quad I build. I've put in airhandler units that were quieter. I guess I should have installed a t-stat with it. Didn't know they would be that loud.
Thanks for the help and if you think of anything else let me know.
Ah, pricing. I don't know for sure but I would think it has something to do with Intel wafer starts on each geometry. They have a fixed 45nm capacity and will not be expanding it. They would more likely be adding 32nm or smaller capacity if any.
It does encourage migration. 8-)
I have a Yorkfield 8200 system and a Sandy Bridge 2600 at home. When I load them down with all the cores (and Sandy threads) cranking, the Yorkfield runs much hotter and requires more cooling than the Sandy Bridge. The Yorkfield is a 45nm part. You might gather running temperature data on the CPU.
No I didn't know that. This is why I ask.
One more question?
I'm not a rich man by any means. I do know you will pay up bigtime for the latest and greatest. For the money which core i7 on newegg do you think would be the best deal? Best performance for the money?
TIA I'll make it up with some windowfan speed advise. If you want. LOL
"Desktop GPU revenue declined in the typical seasonal fashion, said Burns, while notebook GPU revenue rose as the company gained market share with sales of machines based on Intel’s (INTC) “Sandy Bridge” processors."
I'm about to build my third computer. You're a big tech guy. What do you think of this processor? It's the Gulftown for $549.00 on newegg. Should I get it or......
Intel Core i7-970 Gulftown 3.2GHz 6 x 256KB L2 Cache 12MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Six-Core Desktop http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115066
the Lynnfied for $359.00?
Intel Core i7-860S Lynnfield 2.53GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 82W Quad-Core Desktop Processor http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115061
I know the Gulftown is better but which is best for the money?