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Thread: AMD Athlon / Pentium D

  1. #1 AMD Athlon / Pentium D 
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    Hello folks,

    I'm debating between two computer purchases. I've all the other parts worked out, and have it down to two computers that have only the following differences:


    1( AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core 4200+, 2GB of PC3200 DDR SDRAM. 300 GB 7200RPM SATA hard drive. 2.0Ghz of processing speed, 2x 512KB L2 cache and 2000MHz system bus

    2( IntelĀ® PentiumĀ® D processor 915 with 2 processing cores, 800MHz frontside bus, 2 x 2MB L2 cache and 2.8GHz processor speed. 2GB PC2-4200 DDR2 SDRAM for multitasking power, expandable to 4GB. 320GB SATA hard drive (7200 rpm)


    Very many apologies if this is not the place to ask such a question, but which computer would be the better to purchase? 1 = $999.99; 2 = $1014.99.




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    I have good experiences with AMD processors, but I guess it depends on how you'll use your new pc. When I bought my last pc (3 years ago) AMD's often outperformed comparable Intel's on graphical applications (like photo editting), while some games ran better on the Intel. But these things change quickly and I'm probably not up-to-date anymore


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    i think amd is better
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    the second one would be better.....

    Go for it dude
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    If you're planning on playing a lot of games, stay away from dual core processors, they are much more well suited for mulitple applications--games will run slower than on traditional processors.

    Also, don't be fooled by processor speeds. Athlon processors pin directly into the motherboard and, without the use of the FSB, generally run faster than Pentiums with a faster clock speed.
    The difference in size of the L2 cache is signifcant 2 X 512KB vs. 2 X 2MB.
    It's a tough choice, but I'd go with PC-2, the Pentium just for that reason even though AMD has the better CPU.

    My suggestion--build your own PC. AMD processor with a larger cache--get the best of BOTH worlds. Try http://www.smksuperstore.com and they will even build it for you....
    or pricewatch.com--and get great deals, just put it together yourself.
    Let me warm up first....don't want to pull a hammy.
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    Tjha AMD comp in any way. Its cool going along with you, you know!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon
    Hello folks,

    I'm debating between two computer purchases. I've all the other parts worked out, and have it down to two computers that have only the following differences:


    1( AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core 4200+, 2GB of PC3200 DDR SDRAM. 300 GB 7200RPM SATA hard drive. 2.0Ghz of processing speed, 2x 512KB L2 cache and 2000MHz system bus

    2( IntelĀ® PentiumĀ® D processor 915 with 2 processing cores, 800MHz frontside bus, 2 x 2MB L2 cache and 2.8GHz processor speed. 2GB PC2-4200 DDR2 SDRAM for multitasking power, expandable to 4GB. 320GB SATA hard drive (7200 rpm)


    Very many apologies if this is not the place to ask such a question, but which computer would be the better to purchase? 1 = $999.99; 2 = $1014.99.



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    Why dont you build your own computer? Its really easy !!

    And Id go for a Core2Duo with your budget.
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    I vote for AMD. :-D
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    AMD all the way.
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    What are your reasons for favouring AMD ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by leohopkins
    What are your reasons for favouring AMD ?
    Well out of all the computers that i have owned , all except for one was a pentium, that one was an AMD and i dont know why but i just prefer AMD, i find that they are more reliable and are also quicker...thats just my preference, but in the end its up to the consumer
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    Quote Originally Posted by shorty
    Quote Originally Posted by leohopkins
    What are your reasons for favouring AMD ?
    Well out of all the computers that i have owned , all except for one was a pentium, that one was an AMD and i dont know why but i just prefer AMD, i find that they are more reliable and are also quicker...thats just my preference, but in the end its up to the consumer
    Fair enough, each to their own I suppose, but in my humble opinion, nothing can beat the Intel Quad-core processor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by leohopkins
    Fair enough, each to their own I suppose, but in my humble opinion, nothing can beat the Intel Quad-core processor.
    Haven't AMD got a Quad core as well and i think that i read somewhere that it out performs Intel?
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