NVIDIA's Optimized PC Configurator
The optimized PC Configurator shows visitors to the site how shifting part of their PC budget towards a higher performing GPU, versus a more powerful CPU, should affect performance. Power users and enthusiasts know that you want to throw as much GPU horsepower as possible at graphically intense applications and a more powerful multi-core CPU will increase performance in multi-threaded and many other applications, but general consumers who haven't done any research are generally clueless on the matter.
To further their cause, a number of NVIDIA's partners have also made related web pages available to customers...
- CyberPower - http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/landingpages/nvidia/optimum/
- Gateway - http://www.gateway.com/systems/product/529667905.php
- Puget Systems - http://www.pugetsystems.com/certified_sys.php?sys_id=92
- Velocity Micro - http://www.velocitymicro.com/wizard.php?iid=19
And for the do it yourself crowd...
- NCIX - http://www.ncix.com/go-optimizing
- Newegg.com - http://promotions.newegg.com/NVIDIA/OptimizedPC/index.html
We were also told that TigerDirect and ZipZoomfly will follow suit tomorrow.
What do you all think? Of course NVIDIA wants consumers to purchase one of their better GPUs, as much as Intel wants them to buy more powerful processors. But with the number of 3D accelerated applications on the rise, should the thought process behind configuring a PC change from "buy the fastest CPU you can afford" to "buy the most balanced PC that fits your budget"?