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A cheap but good experience in Second Life

I recently took it upon myself to build the cheapest computer I could, to get the maximum performance out of Second Life, and decided it might be a good idea to write it out here.

So, the system I settled on, is fairly simple, and very straight forward

An AMD A6-3500 APU, a nice 2.1 GHz tricore CPU, with dual AMD 6530D graphics on the chip (79.99)

A pair of 4Gb DDR3 1600 dimms from Gskill (46.99)

A Gigabyte A55M-DS2  motherboard (59.99)

A no name 350 watt PSU (15.99)

A 160Gb S.A.T.A. 3.0Gb/sec HDD (74.99, damn floods)

A S.A.T.A. DVD ROM drive (18.99)

Windows 7 x64 (99.99) optional, an old copy of XP or linux are both viable to cut costs here

System total 397.99 with shipping (TRI In benchmarks)


For comparison, I will be using the following system

AMD Phenom II X6 1075T @3.4 GHZ (199.99)

16GB DDR3 (93.98)

60GB Corsair SSD x2 raid 0 (88.99 x2)

XFX radeon 6870 1GB (174.99)

ASUS M4A87TD-EVO Motherboard (116.99)

1000 watt Silverstone psu (203.99)

S.A.T.A. DVD ROM drive (18.99)

Windows 7 x64 (99.99)

System cost ~1086.90 (HEX in benchmark)


Note: I didnt include a case, as it is a very personal choice and can vary widely in price

 Settings used for the tests:

 Now, here are the benchmark results 

 As you can see, Compared to a system at 2.5x the cost the APU based system stands up pretty well, providing a very sufficient experince in this virtual world, as well as being a competent gaming machine.






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