Posted by: Jay Dugan
AMD, Intel Virtualization Technology, Processor Spec Finder, Windows 7
I was finally able to finish my new Windows 7 test computer, in spite of the mountain of projects that I am currently facing. I didn’t set out to build a hot rod gamer but rather something that would be a good business PC platform for Windows 7 with some flexibility for testing various software applications and hardware components.
After reviewing the Windows 7 system requirements from Microsoft for a second time I went back to a previous post of mine in Business Intelligence back on June 5, 2009: Windows 7 Release Candidate ready for testing – part 2 to put together a shopping list.
I wanted a processor that supported the 64 bit OS and Intel Virtualization Technology for compatibility with legacy apps. The Intel Processor Spec Finder was a big help in making my choice. A matching mother board that would support lots of DDR3 dual channel memory was also on my list. AMD has some very good processors that should run Windows 7 without a problem. However, I lean toward Intel from habit more than anything.
Poking around the local CompUSA store, I came up with an Intel CoreTM 2 Duo E8200 2.66 GHz processor and an Intel DP45SG mother board. I wanted the flexibility to experiment with different video cards and of course the DDR3 dual channel memory support. I could have gotten a less expensive board but I prefer to run Intel on Intel. I found a cheap case and added a 400 Watt power supply just to be on the safe side. In my next post, I will discuss the Windows 7 RC installation and what I found running both new and old software apps.