Originally Posted by mdocod
Saving 10% on the cost of the machine and getting less than half the compute performance doesn't make sense. Within the "consumer class" hardware like the 1150 and FM2 socket platforms, spending more on the CPU gives the entire machine better long term value. Same goes for the RAM. The availability of DDR3 is good right now, when the machine needs that 8GB later on because of software growth it will be much harder to source DDR3 for a reasonable price. Legacy hardware prices are often HIGHer than when the hardware is still in production. Buying it now makes more sense than saving $30. Saving that $30 now could just wind up costing $70 later.
I used to get caught up in the same thought processes about minimizing everything to save money. I realize now that such an approach is generally pretty pointless for a new machine build. If you're looking at building with an A4 with 4GB RAM, then you may as well just get on craigslist and look for a used Core2 era machine and buy that instead at half the price or less
. If the budget is really so sensitive that someone is entertaining the idea of using a "new" CPU that performs like stuff from 4+ years ago, then they probably
shouldn't be buying new in the first place.
I agree with your statement I highlighted in bold. Any used office computer made in the last 4 years with an SSD thrown into it with Win7 is going to have the same performance in web browsing and viewing photos as my sig rig.
But spending more money in hopes for long term value doesn't really mean anything when reselling an office / basic home computer from my experience in selling PCs. I mean, if someone is looking for an office computer they look at the type of OS and how many USB slots it has on the front panel for their devices and really have no idea about CPUs or care for that matter. True they ask how much ram it has, but I tell them how much it has and that it will be plenty for their needs. When will web browsing and YouTube take advantage of 8GB of ram? Pretty sure you would need a couple hundred open tabs on chrome.
The post asked for any advice on the build and this is my opinions on it, you could save money and basically get the same performance for the indended use. The only thing that is going to make a difference in speed for web browsing or viewing photos is the SSD not excessive amounts of ram, a water cooler, 500W PSU, or a $140 dual-core.Edited by Shaded War - 4/8/14 at 3:26pm