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Beginners Guide: How to Build an Affordable Desktop Computer

Beginners Guide: How to Build an Affordable Desktop Computer - PCSTATS
Abstract: Buying a new computer can be a confusing process if you're not techno-literate. The first step is to identify what your computer needs are, and roughly how much you're willing to spend.
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Budget PC Benchmarks: Office Productivity, SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi

Office Productivity Source: Zdnet

Business Winstone 2004 runs real applications through a series of scripted activities and uses the time a PC takes to complete these activities to produce its performance scores.

Content Creation Winstone 2004 is a system-level, application-based benchmark that measures a PC's overall performance when running top, Windows-based, 32-bit, content creation applications in Windows XP.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportOffice Productivity
Business Winstone 2004: Points Ranking
Pentium D 940/975X (200/667) 27.4
Athlon64 X2 5000+/nForce 570 SLI (200/800) 29.6
Athlon64 X2 5000+/nForce 590 SLI (200/800) 29.9
Athlon64 X2 5000+/GeForce 6150 (200/800) 30.3
Sempron 3600+/GeForce 6150 (200/533) 32
Content Creation 2004: Points Ranking
Pentium D 940/975X (200/667) 33.8
Athlon64 X2 5000+/nForce 570 SLI (200/800) 41.2
Athlon64 X2 5000+/nForce 590 SLI (200/800) 41.6
Athlon64 X2 5000+/GeForce 6150 (200/800) 41.8
Sempron 3600+/GeForce 6150 (200/533) 24.7

The Business Winstone 2004 test results are very surprising for the Sempron 3600+ budget system. Office style tasks which require quick access between applications run well on Business Winstone, with a score of 32 points. Content Creation 2004 results are not as good as the other systems, this portion of the benchmark involves more complex applications like Photoshop and video editing. Still it's difficult to beat it's "value" quotent.

Super Pi Source: SuperPI

SuperPI calculates the number PI to 1 Million digits in this raw number crunching benchmark. The program allows the user to change the number of digits of PI that can be calculated from 16 thousand to 32 million. Our benchmark is set to 1 Million digits and 19 iterations.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportSuperPi
1 Million Digits: Points Ranking
Pentium D 940/975X (200/667) 40
Athlon64 X2 5000+/nForce 570 SLI (200/800) 33
Athlon64 X2 5000+/nForce 590 SLI (200/800) 33
Athlon64 X2 5000+/GeForce 6150 (200/800) 34
Sempron 3600+/GeForce 6150 (200/533) 43

A score of 43 seconds from a budget processor like the AMD Sempron 3600+ is slow, but not too bad for its class. The Sempron comes in only slightly slower than the more expensive Pentium D 940. AMD can do much to unlock the Sempron's potential by quickly bumping up the clock speed.

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Contents of Article: PCSTATS
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guide: How to Build an Affordable Desktop Computer
 Pg 2.  Picking a Motherboard by Choosing the Operating System
 Pg 3.  Putting your Hardware to Work
 Pg 4.  Budget PC Benchmarks: SYSMark2004
 Pg 5.  — Budget PC Benchmarks: Office Productivity, SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 6.  Budget PC Benchmarks: PCMark05, 3DMark05
 Pg 7.  Budget PC Benchmarks: 3DMark06, FarCry
 Pg 8.  Budget PC Benchmarks: X3: Reunion, Doom 3, Quake 4
 Pg 9.  nVIDIA PureVideo and High Definition Content

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