I’ve been slowly working towards putting together a new PC build to replace my current one, a Core 2 Duo- based system I built about three years ago, which is starting to show its age. In the interest of comparison shopping, I put together a spreadsheet and some charts looking at the newer Intel (i5/i7) and AMD (Phenom X4/X6) processors. Turns out that Intel’s Core i5-750 seems to be the best deal in processors for what I’m looking for in a system at the moment.
Clock speeds are in MHz, TDP in Watts, and cost is price in USD at newegg as of 5/3/2010. Processors with SMT (hyperthreading) are noted in the Cores column.
|AMD||Phenom II X4 955 BE||4||3200||125||159.99|
|AMD||Phenom II X4 940 BE||4||3000||125||161.99|
|AMD||Phenom II X4 965 BE||4||3400||125||180.99|
|AMD||Phenom II X6 1090T||6||3200||125||309.99|
|Intel||Core i7-920||4 (SMT)||2660||130||279.99|
|Intel||Core i7-930||4 (SMT)||2800||130||294.99|
|Intel||Core i7-860||4 (SMT)||2800||95||279.99|