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Stu Emerges from the Computer Dark Ages

Finally, after a three-year hiatus, I’ve decided to upgrade my computer. Just for the record, this is the first time I’ve gone more than a year without upgrading since my college days.

For the geeks, here is a comparison of my old and new parts:

Motherboard: nForce4 to nForce650i
CPU: Athlon64 3200+ (1.8 GHz) to Core2Duo E6550 (2.33 MHz)
Video: GeForce 6800 to GeForce 8800GT @ 700 MHz (both 256 MB RAM)
RAM: 1 GB to 2 GB (both running dual channel @ 800 MHz)

Basically, we are looking at a processor that is (based on benchmarks) about 3x more powerful and a video card that is about 11x more powerful. Here’s a comparison of the two systems using 3DMark2006 as a benchmark:

#DMark 2006 Comparison

Based on 3DMark, overall the new system is about 6x more powerful. Unfortunately, I didn’t have as much money as I would have like to spend on this, otherwise I would have gotten a much faster quad core CPU and a 512 MB overclocked GeForce8800GTX.

Nonetheless, I’m just happy I’m able to crank up the image quality in Ghost Recon 2.