Saturday, November 19, 2011

Computer System Speed Comparison

Computer Speed Tests for the Average Person

This section is my attempt at showing the differences between processors and how their performance ranks.

Computer Speed Analysis:

CPU Descrip. CPU Speed CPU Cores CPU FSB CPU Cache 64 Bit Mobo FSB Sys RAM Video CPU Rank Benchmark
AMD Athlon X3 3.2 GHz 3 2 GHz 1 mb Yes 1 GHz 4 GB ATI 5450 2715 4.09 sec.
AMD Athlon X2 2.4 GHz 2 1 GHz 1 mb Yes 1 GHz 2 GB ATI X600 1050 9.15 sec.
Intel Dual E2140 1.6 GHz 2 800 MHz 1 mb Yes 1 GHz 1 GB TBD 907 10.75 sec.
AMD Athlon64 3800 2.4 GHz 1 1 GHz 512 mb Yes 1 GHz 2 GB On Board 610 14.99 sec.
AMD Athlon64 3500 2.2 GHz 1 1 GHz 512 mb Yes 1 GHz 2 GB Nvidia 6600 GT 567 16.15 sec.
AMD Sempron 3100 1.8 GHz 1 256 MHz 256 KB No 533 MHz 768 MB ATI X300 450 19.20 sec.
Pentium 4 2.8 GHz 1 533 MHz 512 kb Yes 533 MHz 768 MB ATI X300 415 20.98 sec.
Celeron 2.6 GHz 1 400 MHz 256 kb No 400 MHz 768 MB On Board 295 20.98 sec.

Take a look at the above chart and see how your computer stacks up. All of the machines shown above will get on the internet and surf the web. If you need a budget gaming machine I would stick with machine with CPU ranks above 550. What does this mean for you? Do not overpay for older Pentium 4 machines and before you shell out your hard earned dough on a computer make sure you check your CPU's performance rating.

So What Does this List Mean?

In layman's terms I would never buy a used or refurbished computer slower than a Pentium 4 2.8GHz and even then I would not pay more than $40 -$50 for it and only if it came with a decent amount of memory and good hard drive. My most surprising budget build was the AMD Athlon 64 3500. It was fast enough of a machine to play Nexuiz, a 3D fast paced FPS for Linux. I am sure the 2GB of RAM and Nvidia 6600GT video card helped.

Data Sources: CPU rankings were obtained from, an excellent source of CPU data. The benchmark numbers are actual measurements that I received from performing the CNC Blowfish test on the Linux Mint 11 operating system.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Laptop IDE Hard Drives

I enjoy building desktop PC's but I recently traded for some laptops to see what they were made of. Three of the laptops were antique relics from the 90's and only one of them actually turned on and posted. Through  lot of trades I have finally acquired enough laptop hard drives to trade for something else. Here are a few pictures of them.

Seven Laptop IDE Hard Drives

Monday, November 7, 2011

The Desktop Is Not Dead

I have heard a lot and read a lot of articles that say the desktop is dead. I am here to say that is a lie! I am sure many retailers and big buisness want you to think the desktop is dead but there are many good reason to have one still as your main computer. I myself still prefer the feel and use of a full size keyboard and large computer screen. I feel the laptop and smart phone are nice to have but to really enjoy computer work one must have a nice desktop. High powered desktops are not just for the gamer. They are really great for doing high end graphics and CAD design.

The desktop is the only system that you can heavily customize based on your application. You can build yourself anything from a low cost internet machine to a high end 3D gaming rig that will blow you away. You cannot do that with your laptop, smartphone, or tablet. I think that is how future corporations want things to be. The desktop will still enjoy everyday use in most companies, schools, and other institutions so I don't think we have anything to worry about. Stay tuned for more of my posts and updated pages that will show you how to build your own affordable computers.