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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: PCMark05, 3DMark05

PCMark05 Source:FutureMark

PCMark05 is a premium tool for measuring both normal home use and simple 3D performance of the latest PC hardware. There are 11 system tests - each one is designed to represent a certain type of PC usage. By running these tests, PCMark05 stresses the components in a similar manner as they are stressed in normal home usage.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportPCMark05:
Overall Points Ranking
Pentium D 940/975X (200/667) 8276
Athlon64 X2 5000+/nForce 570 SLI (200/800) 6647
Athlon64 X2 5000+/nForce 590 SLI (200/800) 6707
Athlon64 X2 5000+/GeForce 6150 (200/800) 6454
Sempron 3600+/GeForce 6150 (200/533) 2608
CPU Points Ranking
Pentium D 940/975X (200/667) 5313
Athlon64 X2 5000+/nForce 570 SLI (200/800) 5832
Athlon64 X2 5000+/nForce 590 SLI (200/800) 5729
Athlon64 X2 5000+/GeForce 6150 (200/800) 5342
Sempron 3600+/GeForce 6150 (200/533) 2905
Memory Points Ranking
Pentium D 940/975X (200/667) 4121
Athlon64 X2 5000+/nForce 570 SLI (200/800) 5113
Athlon64 X2 5000+/nForce 590 SLI (200/800) 5216
Athlon64 X2 5000+/GeForce 6150 (200/800) 5074
Sempron 3600+/GeForce 6150 (200/533) 3741

The AMD Sempron 3600+ CPU only has one processing core, which is why it scores less than the other PCs do in PCMark05. Obviously with only one core, you can't expect it to match the other CPUs in terms of processing power, but its memory performance is pretty good.

3DMark05 Source: FutureMark

3DMark05 is best suited for the latest generation of DirectX9.0 graphics cards. It is the first benchmark to require a DirectX9.0 compliant hardware with support for Pixel Shaders 2.0 or higher! By combining high quality 3D tests, CPU tests, feature tests, image quality tools, and much more, 3DMark05 is a premium benchmark for evaluating the latest generation of gaming hardware.

PCSTATS Benchmark Report3DMark05
Overall: Points Ranking
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 7700
Athlon64 X2 5000+/nForce 570 SLI (200/800) 7866
Athlon64 X2 5000+/nForce 590 SLI (200/800) 7863
Athlon64 X2 5000+/GF6150 (200/800 Onboard Video) 672
Athlon64 X2 5000+/GF6150 (200/800 7800GTX) 7908
Sempron 3600+/GeForce 6150 (200/533 Onboard Video) 594
Sempron 3600+/GeForce 6150 (200/533 7800GTX) 7414
Sempron 3600+/GeForce 6150 (200/533 7600GT) 5878
CPU: Points Ranking
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 6225
Athlon64 X2 5000+/nForce 570 SLI (200/800) 6513
Athlon64 X2 5000+/nForce 590 SLI (200/800) 6584
Athlon64 X2 5000+/GF6150 (200/800 Onboard Video) 5110
Athlon64 X2 5000+/GF6150 (200/800 7800GTX) 6718
Sempron 3600+/GeForce 6150 (200/533 Onboard Video) 4089
Sempron 3600+/GeForce 6150 (200/533 7800GTX) 4836
Sempron 3600+/GeForce 6150 (200/533 7600GT) 4740

Testing was done with the onboard videocard, a GeForce 7600GT and GeForce 7800GTX videocard to give you an idea on how a standalone graphics card can impact 3D performance. Obviously higher is better, but remember adding a stand alone videocard will increase the price of the PC system too. 3DMark05's overall score is pretty much videocard limited, which tells us a lot about the 3D ability of the AMD Sempron 3600+. The CPU score is lower but not by much! There is about a 1600 point difference between the GeForce 7800GTX and 7600GT but is that worth spending double the money on the videocard?

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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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