Sometimes We Leave What Works, Way Too Soon

It applies to many things, not simply the many things in the computer world. Many forget that what is new may be better, but that new does not always mean better, and that what is tried and true can also be a great deal, for more than a few reasons.

Maximum PC has an article that reminds us that not everyone needs bleeding edge hardware, and that affording that bleeding edge hardware is not always the best overall plan.

We get it – times are tough, and no matter how tempting it might be jump into a Core i5 / i7 setup, for some, practicality dictates holding on to the current platform and squirreling away any extra funds for a rainy day. Or you can use part of it to invest in Intel’s upcoming dual-core E6600 processor and revel in the fact that you spent but a pittance for the fastest Pentium dual-core Wolfdale 45nm processor on the planet.

According to news and rumor site Fudzilla, Intel is still on track to release its 45nm E6600 on January 17, 2010, barely a month out of reach. And the best part? Barring any last minute curve balls from Intel, it should sit on retail shelves for a mere $84, which is what it costs today for an E6500. The E6500 is expected to drop down to $74.

That’s not a bad bang for your buck if you’re stuck using an LGA 775 platform. For not much more than a sit-down dinner and a movie for two, the E6600 brings to the table two processor cores clocked at 3.06GHz, the first wolfdale to breach the 3GHz mark, and push data through a 1066MHz frontside bus. It also boasts 2MB of L2 cache and a 65W TDP.

If you buy one of these, you get a CPU that will take advantage of the lowered prices on Socket 775 motherboards as a first thing. These motherboards have been continuously refined, some are in the revision 2 or 3 incarnations. The BIOS has been known longer, and tweaks have been made, making for fewer problems. Also, some recently added boards using the Socket 775 chips are really inexpensive – I mean incredibly inexpensive; build your mother-in-law a new PC inexpensive.

The cost being lower, that money can find its way to a better video card, a larger hard drive, or a better power supply ( many who don’t work all the time on PCs never get how much a quality power supply will wipe out those “unknown” BSODs or other freezes ). If you don’t have at least 4GB of memory, you could also think of a move to 8GB, should you have a 64bit OS.

Another thing some might think of is the cheap replacement of an early Socket 775 processor, to get more bang, but also slightly better overall energy usage. ( for some I know, it might be a way to replace that hardworking chip that might fail due to mad overclocks early on in its life. )




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