6/5/2008 Daily Hardware Reviews -- Intel "Nehalem" Edition
June 5, 2008 2:11 PM
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6/5/2008 8:00:36 PM
Agreed. DDR2 memory and motherboards are cheap, and the current Penryn chips are plenty powerful. My E6300 (Conroe, not Penryn) OCed to 2.8GHz has never felt slow, and I can't imagine why any regular computer-user would need more for a while. Getting a machine built around a Penryn processor today is a fantastic price/performance deal. Plus, it is the leading architectuire right now, and you have an unbelievable plethora of choices. You can get an nForce or Intel motherboard. You can use DDR2 or DDR3. But most of all, there are just hundreds of great DDR2 options.
Sure, Nehalem looks powerful, but we won't see anything short of the Extreme Editions for a while, and you also have to factor in the price of the new motherboards and DDR3 memory, even if Nehalem chips are at okay prices. And the first motherboards won't even look good.
If you're a power user and want the best, wait for Nehalem. I prefer to build computers when new graphics series come out because they require less commitment to other parts, and affect me a little more.
I built my last computer when GeForce 8 cards came out. I'm going to build a new one when these supposid GeForce 200 cards come.
6/5/2008 11:33:19 PM
I already need a new motherboard and RAM, as I said I'm on AMD 939 with DDR2. If I was still buying new computers every 1.5-2 yrs I probably would already have a Penryn, but I'm not, so I don't, and I personally don't feel like buying into another dead platform with its sucessor just around the corner (by my definition anyway, again if you need something NOW, sure a Penryn is great).
Just my personal thinking, I'm not expecting everyone in the world to be in the same boat
6/5/2008 11:37:44 PM
actually it's DDR(1) so I'd new ram for Penryn too
6/6/2008 6:54:20 AM
Actually most of my upgrades have been new cpu+mobo+memory, sometimes you can re-use the memory.
Right now ive got a 3.0Ghz core2duo, so well there are an upgrade path to a quadcore avalible.. but was planning to wait for a 3.0Ghz or faster quad.. might go for Nehalem instead..
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