If you look at processor prices, you'll notice that price and performance don't follow a linear curve and buying the high end products doesn't guarantee you'll reach obsolescence that much later. Find the "sweet spot" in price, buy the product, live with it and don't look back for 3 to 5 years. Don't get too bogged down with these processor core names and forget learning what hyperthreading is all about. It left when the true multi-core processors arrived.
I?ve been tossing around the idea of building my own computer for some time now. After reviewing updated information on each computer part, I get alternately enthusiastic and frustrated. Each time I think I?ve decided on a part, I read something that makes me reconsider (and reconsider buying prebuilt or stock).
I know you can never really get a computer that will not become obsolete well into the future but, I?d like to have a little foresight. Which parts are worth investing in to buy the most updated one can find? I compare the problem to buying a car. Some car parts are a good upgrade such as ABS braking system, a nice stereo, auto transmission, etc. and I would be happy to have them. On the other hand, I don?t need to spend money on a Cadillac when my needs are met with a Chevy. Both the Cadillac and Chevy will be old cars down the line.
With that said, I am not a gamer but would like a powerful computer, able to multitask, and that will address future technologies for about $1500. From my own experience, and from some opinions I read on the forum, the CPU, motherboard, PSU, and case are items worth investing in and having close to the cutting edge. Looking into the CPU, I have found multicores to be up and coming, and I have considered getting a quad core. Two years ago, dual cores were cutting edge and are now becoming mainstream. That would have been a good investment two years ago (and still is today). But, is the quad core an item that will be talked about two years from now in the same way? Is a quad core one of those things I would be glad I had such as a nice stereo?
Originally, I was set on Intel core 2 duo ? E6600, 6750, or 6850. Then, I got sidetracked into E8500 and E7200. Most recently, I have been looking at the quads ? Intel core 2 quad Q6600 and Q9450 (can?t afford Q9650). I then realized there is another layer of understanding that I am missing. I spent some time trying to distinguish between Yorkfield and Kentsfield, 45nm and 65nm, virtual technology, hyper threading, etc. when I realized I was in over my head. This doesn?t even touch the compatibility issues with the motherboard for which I am also confused.
I have spend considerable days and hours on the research so as to not be asking stupid, simple questions on the forum. I have learned a lot (maybe too much detail?). Can anyone help dig me out of this mire I find myself in and redirect my efforts?
There are other items/issues I would like to address but, I have written enough for now.