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I am looking at getting a pentium d 820 or a pentium 640, which will play games like-bf2,ut,hl2,css? Which will be better overclocker? I want one that will play fine b4 oc, and play better after. Also, what are the temps on the machine, i dont want to burn it out? Please help me. Respond fast please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I am looking at getting a pentium d 820 or a pentium 640, which will play games like-bf2,ut,hl2,css? Which will be better overclocker? I want one that will play fine b4 oc, and play better after. Also, what are the temps on the machine, i dont want to burn it out? Please help me. Respond fast please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The 640 will give you a very nice OC and handle all those games with ease. The only game that you have there that is written for dual core is BF2. If it were me, I'd go with the 640. It's a lot cheaper too.

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Also, I'm not sure on the temps because I dont have either of those CPU's, but you should be fine as long as you lose the stock cooler and get like a big typhoon (works great for me), XP-90 or XP-120.

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The 640 will give you a very nice OC and handle all those games with ease. The only game that you have there that is written for dual core is BF2. If it were me, I'd go with the 640. It's a lot cheaper too.
I agree. As far as bang for the buck goes, the 600 series is solid for Intel processors. In the future when dual cores have more software support, the balance will likely tip their way.

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Taeric Does your processor stay cool at that oveclock, and shuld i get a 3.2 oc it and put more money in ram and vid card? Also does your comp run games fine w/o the oc?

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I know you didn't ask me, but I would get the 640 and OC it, then yes, spend the extra money on RAM or the graphics card.

EDIT: What are you looking at in terms of RAM and a video card?

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Ummm not sure about ram, but am looking at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814121192 or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16814121190R
was hoping on like 200 american or less, any suggestins would be helpful though

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My 3.2 is a S478, so it'll be a bit different than the one you're looking at (yours will be a 775 with 2 MB L2...a nicer CPU than mine). Anyway, yes, mine does rather nicely. In the heat of summer, the CPU stayed around 54°C under load; with the cooler ambient temps now, I'm seeing 42-44°C load temps typically. I have played fairly intensive games such as Doom 3 and Far Cry on high settings on my rig (while folding in the background) and have been pleased with the results. Last time I checked 3.2s were right around the price break (small increase over 3.0s and big jump up to 3.4s, though that point moves over time, of course).

If you're looking to game hard, your best bet is to match your CPU, RAM, and GPU so that they all perform roughly at the same level. I would suggest making a realistic budget then diving it appropriately among the various components you're considering. Work out a few different scenarios and figure out which is best for your uses (feel free to post to get some suggestions if you want/need them).

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That's funny because I was gonna suggest the 3700+

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