Do you ever sleep? lol
Thanks for clearly explaining how the multiple cores work. :)
However, I'm still a bit confused about the RAM part. Suppose I run an i5 750 2.66Ghz. What would be shown in the bios? Would it show as "1333" with a x2 multiplier?
If the answer to the above question is yes, then how would 1066, 1333, and 1600 RAM sticks perform compared to each other?
Edit - Changed the question for clarity.
The bios would show it as 2.66. And the ram speed has nothing to do with the processor speed, or little to do with it. The Motherboard will support certain speeds of RAM, and the RAM will operate at a given frequency. The two will communicate at whichever is the lower of the two (e.g. if your motherboard supports 1600/1333/1066 and you install 1333, it will operate at 1333).
A higher speed RAM will perform faster (1333 DDR3 will be faster than 800 DDR2 for example). The core speed of the processor is independent of this. It seems like you're trying to think of the processor in terms of being a 1333 speed and thinking that it would work well/best with 1333 RAM; that statement isn't an accurate one.
Short version: Get a good processor and get good RAM and get a motherboard that is compatible with both. RAM speed and CPU speed are pretty much irrespective of each other.
And I do sleep. :)
you can build a PC or laptop
this is an example of the Laptop and tower im looking to buy under 700$
AMD Phenom(TM) II Dual-Core Mobile Processor N620 (2.8GHz, 2MB L2 Cache)
ATI Mobility Radeon(TM) HD 4250 Graphics
or tower im looking at
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Intel(R) Pentium(R) Dual-Core processor E6600 [3.06GHz, 2MB L2, 1066MHz FSB]
1GB ATI Radeon HD 5450 [DVI, HDMI, VGA]
price is 672 with tax and shipping
crossrefrenceing with SEs specs this i think should do nicely
Laptop processor is on the low side but might manage if the GPU were much better. The GPU is terribad. For reference, a Radeon 4250 with a Phenom II X4 (far better processor) netted me about a 500 on the benchmark. This system would probably get a 200-300ish. I would be EXTREMELY impressed if the game even installed on that laptop. Running it on even minimum settings is practically out of the question.
The desktop's processor is similarly low, and again the video card would need some upgrading. At least a 56xx to play the game on minimum settings at 5-10 FPS. As-is, I could see you getting maybe a 1000-1500 on the benchmark. Look here
for information on processors/video cards.
$600 is a good budget for a desktop if you are planning to upgrade parts in your existing system and can keep your OS, HD, DVD, case to save on money.
If you -must- buy retail, try here
for some examples of what to look for and what -not- to buy. Estimated budget of retail system (customized with a better video card out of the box which will add about 160-180 on to the price) in total is about 850-950.
For a laptop, if you want to run FFXIV at bare minimum settings, at a really low FPS in the wilderness, and don't ever plan on going into any crowded areas, ever, consider budgeting about $1000ish. If you want something reasonable to look at, aim higher. If it doesn't include a mobile equivalent of a GTX 400 series or Radeon 5800 series (both of which perform WAY lower than their desktop equivalents), don't even consider it. For reference:
Intel Core i5 540M 2.53GHz (3.06GHz Turbo Mode, 3MB Cache)
1GB ATI Radeon Mobility HD 5870
4GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1066MHz
Only scored a 3000 on the benchmark on low settings. Lol.
That is a pretty kick *** laptop that probably set him back about $1500+ easy and it barely cleared 3000.
I'm saying this will all the confidence in the world: A $700 will not run XIV at anything that could even be considered anywhere near even remotely playable, if it even runs it at all. A -retail- desktop of the same price might be able to manage at minimum settings, so long as you limit your time in crowded areas.