Entering 2012, following up is Chinese New Year. This year is most popular year of Chinese, Dragon Year.
Looking back the market last year, DIY PC became smaller due to light users who just need internet surfing or use easy apps, moved to Notebook, tablet or Smart Phone.
Even though, Desktp still has good performance, better audio/video, and upgradability.
For office or students, itís more suitable for word processing and Online Game.
Desktop PC is still the highest C/P option for larger size monitor and making long time usage more comfortable.
This is windwithme annual entry PC sharing.
Last year, I shared AMD first. This year, I go for Intel first.
Sandy Bridge CPU launched cheaper Pentium and Celeron series.
H61 MB price is lower than H55 due to MB makers tough competition.
LGA 1155 CPU plus MB can save much money. Maybe this is the price strength caused by smaller DIY market.
Inte Celeron G530, just launched last Sep.
2.4GHz, 32nm, 2MB L3 cache, D2 Revision
Physical 2 Cores without Hyper-Threading supports max 2 threading, called 2C/2T.
Price is around 47USD.
Product manual, original cooler, Intel Celeron G530 CPU
Even itís Celeron naming, Sandy Bridge G530 performance is not bad.
LGA 1155 Pentium L3 cache is 3MB. This is the main difference of Intel new generation CPU.
Currently, Intel most popular integrated video output chipset is H61 for entry or Z68 for high end.
There are many H61 models in the market. You can find plenty features and specs.
I pick H61 mid-range GIGABYTE H61M-S2PV. Itís around 70USD.
GIGABYTE H61M-S2PV main feature is Ultra Durable 4.
Glass Fabric PCB technology, anti-surge ICs, Physical dual BIOS,
ICs with up to 3 times the ESD resistance levels, 100% solid caps and Lower RDS(on) MOSFETs
Even though there are lower price H61 models, I prefer to have PCI and DVI on board.
DDR3 price is lower and lower. 2GBx2 is only for tight budget users.
Windows7 64-bit is getting more popular, 4GBx2 becomes mainstream spec.
I use CORSAIR xms3 4GBX2 dual channel version. 1600 version price is a little bit higher.
CORSAIR is international well-known brand and its stability test procedure is very strict. The price is acceptable range.
This model price is around 50USD.
Celeron G530 with H61 only support DDR3 1066. Itís still slower than entry DDR3 1333.
If you use higher frequency DDR3, you can enhance CL in 1066 to rise the bandwidth.
For budget concern or no heatsink requirement, you can just pick entry DDR3 1333.