Completely agree with all you've just said, Starkers
I was about to say that it'd be a first... somebody completely agreeing with me... then I remembered... it happened once before.
Yeah, I remember it well! It was when the wicked side of me said: "Let's eat the last few slices of pizza, and the good side agreed wholeheartedly.
Anyhow, I digress [as always] and want to say that I too love Black editions. I had an AMD Athlon x2 4600 Black Edition that was supposed to be clocked at 2.4 [factory] yet it ran at 2.8 out of the box. My AMD Phenom II x4 920 Black Edition was supposed to be clocked at 2.8Ghz, but came out of the box doing just under 3.0ghz... and I had a mate O/C it to 3.2. It was suggested that my 920 was in fact a 940 and incorrectly packaged... whatever, I only paid for a 920. My 1100T is also a Black Edition... was supposed to be 3.3Ghz and came out of the box at 3.3Ghz. Missed out on the extra this time. Oh well, can't win 'em all.
starkers, i agree with you in saying the amd 1100 is a good proc.
I'm the only person I know who has one. Every body else is mostly running older AMD's or Intel's, and a handful running i7's or i5's. My niece, who I rent the house from, has an old AMD Athlon dual core, and when she saw how fast my rig starts the other day, she went: "Holy fucking dooley, geez that's fast." and then she went on the be amazed even more at the speed of basic tasks and operations
I'd been cleaning up my drives and there was about 49 gigs worth in my recycle bin. When Ccleaner emptied it in 20ish seconds [give or take] using Gutmann 35 pass mode, her jaw dropped in disbelief. I imagine, though, the SSD would have had some bearing on that as well. She reckoned that her machine takes anything up to a couple of hours to accomplish even half that, so now she wants me to build her a machine just like mine
i still prefer the 2500K or 2600K, tho. i'll keep my 2600K,
Yeah, I saw earlier with the seller I use, a 2500K for $217 AUD. Now that's a big come down from what they were even 3 months ago, and would have been in my budget range had it been that price when I needed to build. The 2600K is currently selling at S324.