Originally Posted by Matthousef1
Well, I talked to my sis yesterday and she agreed on me that the budget is set to be 400 Euro instead of 300.
Going to wait a bit on details from Llano, told her to wait a bit, especially when prices will fall of the older stuff when BD an Llano come out in June/July.
She agreed on waiting a bit, when actually she wanted to have it sooner.
If benches and more details are available, then I will make a decision what the best idea is.
I will have a think about not investing too much in the CPU and not amazingly high DDR3 memory, but put the focus more on the GPU as more and more is depending on the power of that component. It seems indeed reasonable to take this in to account.
No bad decision.
And indeed, not much overall difference regarding to RAM speed. Any 1,3GHz DDR3 will do fine. AMD tends to prefer lower latency than frequency, Intel prefers the opposite.
The key is to make a balanced system which is not bottlenecking any of your components noticably. And that is the hard part, considering different applications are differently optimized for each of your most vital components (CPU, GPU, HDD, RAM).
But honestly, I'm not sure how well a dual core will do in the future. It has to be some decent cores then.
The number of quadcores keeps increasing, thus more applications benefits from multiple cores.
However, if you can find a decent, cheap dual core, I'm sure it will last a few years. All depending on her needs, of course.
Raw value is a big part in this case.
Good luck !