I have be asked to spec my dad’s new computer purchase but, truth be told, I am out of the loop these days. And trying to reacquaint myself with the latest and greatest, I find it a bit confusing. Used to be, P4 was faster than P3, 166MHz was better than 133MHz; it seemed pretty simple. But now I find no standardized rubric.
Odds are my dad will go with a Dell XPS 410. He has no real need for a super machine –EXCEPT—he’d like to get best bang for the buck with MS FlightSim. I’d like to toss out some of the options and elicit any responses you may have.
--Even though I think Vista is a DRM Trojan horse, I assume he’ll need that for DX10.
--Memory: minimum of 2 gig; is 3 or 4 actually better if he is not multitasking?
--CPU: Core 2 Duo E6700 (4 MB L2 / 2.66 GHz)
Core 2 Q6600 QuadCore (8 MB L2 / 2.4 GHz)
--video: Nvidia 8600 GT
Nvidia 8600 GTS
Nvidia 8800 GTS
Is there some new thing just on the horizon that would say wait a few months (my luck tends to be finally breaking down and getting a 486 the month before the Pentium is released).
many thanks for your input