Whenever one decides to start picking new hardware for a PC build, the most important deciding factor of everything in the build boils down to what CPU is chosen. Therefore it is generally a good idea to do your research with respect to what’s available, and trying to get the most value for your money spent.
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Benchmarks: Over 350 000 CPUs/Video Cards/Hard Drives/Systems Benchmarked
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If you are then you should visit AnandTech‘s benchmark page. It has a simple to use interface that allows to select two different CPU’s, SSD’s, or GPU’s and then configures a comparison ratings chart with categories like “Video creation”, x264 HD Encode Test, “Windows Media Encoder 9 x64″, “Far Cry 2 playback”…etc. As well the comparison chart includes the overall benchmark comparison at the very top of the chart. So if you are looking/debating between two different CPU’s, SSD’s or GPU’s then look no further and see.
Here is an example of the
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2GHz versus the
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3.4GHz
The Processor or central processing unit (CPU) is the primary device used to carry a computers functions. The two major brand you can purchase at most computer resellers are Intel and AMD chips.
I purchased an
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor, and it has worked wonders. Came with a decent Heat Sink/processor fan and runs everything very well so far. I chose this processor because it came at a phenomenal price for what you get, and had an array of great reviews.
The power supply unit provides your computer and all of its accessories with power. Choosing the right power supply unit for your computer depends on how much power you actually need. Here is power supply calculator that is very useful to determine the right PSU Wattage needed for your particular set-up based on CPU, Motherboard, Video Graphics Card (VGA, Memory, optical Disk Drive (ODD), and HardDrive (HD). I would recommend getting a higher Wattage PSU than recommend to incorporate other devices that may need more power (such as other PCI devices, external devices, USB/Firewire devices, cooling fans etc.).