I gave advice to someone else here to study up and educate themselves on components, so they'd get what they really wanted. Well, it came back and bit me! I'm just plain AMD stumped: Dual-Triple-Quad core, CPU speed, L2/L3 cache, FSB speed, HyperTransport, MMX, EVP, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSE4a, Enhanced 3DNow!, NX bit, AMD64, Cool'n'Quiet....got my noggin throbbin'!
On dialup here, that can't change, but 50K-52K+ connect speeds. Main problems on my old computers: very slow program downloads [3.5 - 4.5kbps?], slow web page & e-mail graphics, slow Copy/Paste from graphics-heavy web page to Word document, or one active program sucks the brains out of another.
Regarding CPU's, from what little I know the main factors are Processor speed, FSB speed, L2/L3 cache rates, plus number of cores. But I can't figure out if I'm better with a 2.0G triple core than a 3.0G dual core; or if a 2K L2 cache dual core 2.0G is actually better than a 1K L2 cache triple core 2.0G, or whether I want max L2 & L3 cache & FSB rather than max processor speed or dual/triple core factors?
Just can't crack the nut on the most important combination. Vendors know it and take advantage of it. 50 processors listed but somehow they forget to give FSB speeds on a dozen, oh woops. Or L2/L3 cache sizes are missing on 2 dozen, but FSB & Hyper Transport, MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSE4a, Enhanced 3DNow!, NX bit, AMD64 are shown, thanks so much.
Lack of vendor's full specs & confusing terminology/technology turns a fairly simple task into hours, days & then weeks of chin-dribbling mumbling, twitching & near hysteria. I think catatonic schizo is closing in fast. Is there any link or info you good folks who are more knowledgeable can pass on to solve the mysteries? I gave it my very best shot & missed by a mile...
Edited by hamluis, 11 September 2010 - 07:19 AM.
Moved from System Building to Am I Infected ~ Hamluis.