I have been very happy with my current desktop system. The only problem with it is that the technology is over 5 years old. In PC years, that’s digging-up-mummified-remains talk. However, fact is, I haven’t really needed anything more. I’ve had a Core 2 Quad Q6600 overclocked to an unexciting 3.2GHZ on a vanilla Asus P5Q with 8GB DDR2 and it’s been a reliable gem. I don’t do much with it anymore, but I felt it’s time for some newer tech to reside in that case.
In an hour or so I’ll venture off to purchase an AMD bundle. I’d prefer to stick with Intel, but I wouldn’t want to go with less than an i5 and I just don’t have the cash for that. So, I’m opting for something simple:
I don’t plan on overclocking, so the extra $10 on the unlocked FX-6300 doesn’t appeal to me. In fact, I don’t really do anything CPU-intensive anymore at all. A few weeks ago I got a new video card (GT 630 1GB) and SSD (Intel 330 Series), so this set of core parts will round out a very standard system for me. I pretty much only play TF2, browse a little, and do my homework on it (I am about to finish my first term in a Master’s program).
I’ll reload Win8 on this and be quite happy with it, I’m sure. I was going to spend this little bit of cash on a compressor/nail gun combo from Home Depot, but I’m going to do that next month. Right now, I want a new(er) system. I’ll re-purpose the C2Q to my 2012 Server system and divvy up the left over memory. Not quite sure where the board will end up, but I may find a place for it.
Anyway, I look to do most of this tomorrow. I’ve got a final to take by Thursday of next week and baseball started up, so any free time is really precious right now.
They were out of the FX 6100, so I ended up with a FX 6300 afterall. It was less than I thought also, so win-win.