I’ve been agonizing over what to do about my dying computer. Normally, I would put it out to pasture as a backup and build a new machine from scratch. I did some Core i7 pricing tonight. While the processors themselves are quite comparable to the Penryn chips, the motherboard and memory prices are out of sight.
So I got to thinking. Is this the right time to go crazy on hardware? I decided that it’s not. So I just bought a new motherboard, chip and RAM with a Zalman cooler. I’m going to replace these parts only in my main machine and keep the video card and raptor hard drives and everything else.
I did splurge on the Q9550. I think with the Zalman, I should at least get 3.6 GHz. It will easily be the fastest computer I’ve ever worked with. It will be faster than my kids’ computers and the upgrade cost me less than $600. It would have been over $2000 building a new Core i7 system. I think, for now, this was the smart way to go.