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brack

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ok here is my question i am replacing my $2,200 laptop with a same price desktop with all the best components... x800 xt platinum, soundblaster 2 zs platinum, 2 gigs dual channel ddr 400 ram, and so on... my only question is which cpu to go with?? right now i am leaning towards a 3.2 ghz ht prescott, but some say that amd 64's are better for gaming?...i was leaning towards intel because they run cooler and are more overclockable... is 3.2 fast enough for any game.. considering the video card i would hope so but need some opinion before i buy.
 
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brack

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does amd 64 suport dual channel memory??? i have heard no...but if i get 2 gigs will it even matter?
 

David

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I beleive the general view is that Athlon64 CPUs are best for gaming, and Intel P4-HT CPUs are best for encoding and the like.

A P4C or A64 will be easier to cool than a P4E.

Are you planning to overclock a lot? A64s usually reach ~2.4GHz to ~2.6GHz on air, and P4Cs perhaps 3.5GHz to 4.0GHz.
 

Sjaak

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hmz, i dont know. will you be overclocking it? Both the A64 and the P4C (not e - no prescott) look good at the moment. Both will be beast machines with that amount of memory and that videocard.
 

Dylruss

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Well I like and use my AMD system more then my Intel one. It is seamless and best for games. My AMD system does run about the same as my Intel system in temps. Sure I can get more Mhz. out of the Intel, but it still is not my best rig. This is all my opinion though, I would just go amd 64.

But what were you planning on doing with it?
 

Quailane

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AMD socket 939 has dual channel, socket 754 doesn't. It doesn't make too much of a difference though.

A 3.2C is $277 on newegg, while a Athlon64 3200+ (754) is $282. Both retail.
The cheapest socket 939 chip is the 3500+, while at $497 is not worth it. A socket 754 3400+ is over $100 cheaper and performance is nearly the same. I would try to go for the 3400+, but if not, go for the 3200+.
 

PCGUY112887

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I say A64, strap on a SP-120 when it comes out (soon) and you will be set. Then when windows 64bit comes around, your ready :)
 

Hardin

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What about for Seti Bionic which takes advantage of hyper threading? Is it worth getting the P4 over the A64 if all you do is game and run SETI?
 

Sjaak

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Hardin said:
What about for Seti Bionic which takes advantage of hyper threading? Is it worth getting the P4 over the A64 if all you do is game and run SETI?

HT will let you run those together without too much performance loss.
 

Mortis03

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PCGUY112887 said:
I say A64, strap on a SP-120 when it comes out (soon) and you will be set. Then when windows 64bit comes around, your ready :)


I think it is out... maybe I'm wrong though.
 
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i am planning on overclocking but not to much like mid range deffinately not going to push it to the max oc...at least not until i have had it for awhile hehe...dont want my machine to melt the first day lol
 
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what is a SP-120 and where can i get one :) heheh?? also are there motherboards out for the amd64 that support dual channel memory??? and lastly, what i am gonna do with this machine is classified :) all i cAn say is that it will be !B/\D/\SS
inside joke that noone but me will get------------------^
 

David

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brack said:
what is a SP-120 and where can i get one :) heheh?? also are there motherboards out for the amd64 that support dual channel memory??? and lastly, what i am gonna do with this machine is classified :) all i cAn say is that it will be !B/\D/\SS

AFAIK:
Socket 754 systems use single channel technology
Socket 940 and 939 systems can use dual channel technology.
 

L>MS

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If you are looking for gaming performance, go with the 64. In fact, unless you plan on doing some heavy MP3 encoding I would reccomend the AMD.

Dual channel will not help your performance in game as long as you had quality ram in the first place. Hypertransport makes up for any performance loss that would have had because of the lack of dual channeling.