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Eugene's new PC

20/04/08

Eugene's new PC

Permalink 09:56:24 pm by Eugene Gardner, Categories: Articles

I have just built a new PC for myself. These are the components I used:

PSU 102.68 Enermax Infiniti 650W PSU
Case  83.45 Antec P182
CPU 164.82 Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 2.5GHz 1333FSB 6MB L2 Cache
Heatsink 36.39  Zalman CNPS9700
Mobo 115.51 Abit IP35 Pro
RAM 70.08 OCZ 4GB Kit (2x2GB) 800MHz/PC2-6400 Memory
HDD 117.98 WDC Raptor X 150 GB, 1.5 Gb/s, 16 MB Cache, 10,000 RPM
Graphics 141.34 Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT
Optical 17.15 HP Dvd940i DVD writer
Card reader 10.99 XPro Black Internal 3.5" 17-in-1 Card Reader With USB2
Monitor 174.00 Samsung SM226BW
OS 59.87 Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64 bit - Licence and media
  1,094.26  

An interesting (to me anyway) calculation is to devise a figure for all new PCs I deliver to clients that indicates the oomph per £. By dividing the aggregated performance metrics of each PC by the price paid for it, the last six PCs I delivered cost an average £709 and their ratios of performance to cost are 1.1, 0.7, 0.9, 1.0, 0.7, 1.0 My own new PC cost me more than average - £1,094 but my performance to cost ratio is 2.3. Meaning that by spending 50% more than average, I have a PC giving 150% more performance than average.

So my new PC goes about 2.5 times (or 3 times after over clocking) as fast as the average for relatively little increased cost. So what ? Well there are two conclusions I draw: that spending a little more gives a big payback in terms of value for money, and by having a PC that well specified, I can probably make it last two years longer than more modest machines. So the cost per year turns out to be similar - only mine goes faster than yours :-)

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