Assignment 3- Dream Computer
I have built a few computers in the past, some fairly basic windows computers. I have always maxed out any computer I’ve owned in RAM, storage, and graphics. About three years ago now, I bought my first iMac, and only then discovered what a computer can actually do.
That being said, my dream computer would have to be a Mac Pro. Two 3.06GHz 6-core Intel Xeon processors powering my beast, that’s 12 cores in total. Eight 8GB sticks of DDR3 ECC SDRAM, making up 64gb. I don’t think I could ever run out of storage with four 2TB 7200rpm SATA hard drives, and I wouldn’t have to wait long for file to load when the buffer speed is 3GB/s. Its really amazing how in my short life we’ve went from computers like my first one in 1999, Toshiba Satellite with a 3GB hard drive and if I remember correctly 128MB of RAM, to 14 years later and I can have 8TB of hard drives with 64GB RAM in a single unit. Going back to my dream computer I would have a ATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB Graphics card. To compliment my graphics card I would go with a Philips 50” LED 1080p 240Hz TV for a monitor. The computer comes pre-installed with OS X Mountain Lion, which I am not as fond of as OS X Snow Leopard. I have just realized that my dream computer with the TV would cost me $10,100 + tax and shipping.
The processors are hexacore intel xeon 3.06GHz. It has a turbo, which I am not very clear about but the specs for that are 1/1/1/1/2/2. The processor uses .75 to 1.35 V of power. The processor uses a LGA 1366 socket. The release price of a single processor is $1663. Which means three of the ten grand for my computer is just for the processors.
It was a little bit sad doing this assignment because it shows me something I would love to have, but it costs a third of my dream car, which is a Volvo C30.