However, I am now even more confused.
Awesome! My job is complete
Digging deeper...CPUs compared.
- Hey, if you want to go for the i7, then go ahead. I just don't know if you'd see a performance bump for your apps. Maybe sometime down the road it'll be beneficial.
- Specifically, Gimp is moving to OpenCL for more operations. This means the graphics processor will become more important than whether you have 4 or 8 CPU threads. All of the i5 and i7's listed have the same iGPU. Where the sweet spot is for Gimp - I don't know. If it's comparible to Photoshop, then take a look at Puget's brief
on gpu acceleration. You can see the decreasing benefit of spending more $'s on a discrete gfx card as the performance flattens out pretty quick. Of note - the Intel HD 4000 benchmarked at 37sec. The HD 4600 in Haswell is roughly 20% faster than the HD 4000 in OpenCL benchmarks. So, that 37 sec becomes 31 sec. A $100 discrete gfx card like the HD 7750 drops it to 20 sec. <shrug>
- CPU speed vs power use: All of these parts use the same idle power. They all use similar power at low CPU utilization (web browsing, watching a movie). Where they differ is when you max out cpu utilization. The S and T parts do it by limiting the base clock freq as well as the core voltage. Again, either you need the horsepower or you don't. If you do, then the regular parts will complete the task faster.
- cache size: might be helpful in a minimal way...like less than 10% of the total performance.
How do I know if the MOBO and processor have the C2 stepping
That's the magic question. We know the Asus C2 boards' part numbers end with a "5" instead of a "0". Don't know about the other mfgrs, yet. That hard part is to see whether or not your e-tailer actually shows the complete mfgr part number or if they just show their Amazon/Newegg etc SKU.
Audio, I have analog logitech 5.1 speakers. Are you talking about using something like this?Digital to Analog Audio decoder?
Would that offer much better sound quality? Is there a specific brand/model you would recommend?
My assumption was that you were sending the audio out from the PC to an A/V receiver and not to powered speakers. What specific model do you have? It might be the mobo analog out is "good enough".
RAM: That'll work. Here's
faster CAS9 for similar price.
Case: Antec does make some good cases. I don't follow the ITX stuff very closely and can't comment on whether this is the best of the lot. Hopefully another member will pipe up and provide more info.
Thanks CA_Steve, You've given me a few things to think about concerning i5 vs i7.
Re. audio, I have something on the lower end of logitech's spectrum similar to this Logitech X530
I do listen to a lot of music and consider myself an audiophile has I also play music, however, I dont see myself ever spending more than a few hundred dollars on a sound system as I dont think I would hear the difference. So for my use for now, I think the MOBO realtek audio should do, but I will look into a converter at a later time.
For the RAM, I guess I will go with the faster option
Thank you for the suggestion.
For the case and its cooling, as well as the pico external PSU, is there anybody here that would be able to advise me? The forum's activity seems rather low, despite having a ton of helpful resources that I was able to browse
As I mentioned, external brick PSU was always my preferred route because it is my impression that the PSU fan on my shuttle xpc is what generates the most noise. But I was advised against it on another forum for reasons that were not clearly stated. If something like that PICO ext PSU is a valid noiseless replacement while still offering the same type of surge protections then I am all of it. I'll just have to figure out how to install it.
So then I wont have anything to cool down other than the processor. Would one case fan be enough then? It seems the antec case has two.
Also, I am not fixating on the antec case. I just chose that one because I had heard good things about it and thats what Puget systems uses. If there is something better at the same price point, and volume, I am all for it.
Thanks for the links! I feel better about my choice to stick with HD4600