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I am looking for opinions regarding an intel vs amd dual core set-up (budget machine).

AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+ 1.9GHz
Intel Pentium D 805 2.66GHz

These two proc's are equally priced at the moment on newegg, and while I realize that the intel is older technology, but haven't been able to find any insightful comparisons.

Thanks!
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x2 3600 gets my vote!
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post #3 of 7
go with the x2 3600+

both will do you well, both will OC well, in the end i believe that the newer architecture will give you some difference in demanding applications.

btw whats the budget for the whole box?
    
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I was running a D-805 until last week, and the only reason I switched is because I am uber-geek. The thing ran damn near anything I could throw at it, and did it at 3.58 Ghz on stock voltage. I'm sure I could have hit 4.0 if I wanted to.

Pair that baby with a decent mobo and gpu and you are off to the races.
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post #5 of 7
Well...

I would say 3600 simply because it's an amazing CPU for the price, and because PDs were pretty lame processors, all in all.

However, getting an 805 with a P965 board and some good RAM would mean you can OC this one for now, and upgrade to C2D in the future.

So, the 3600 is better than the 805, btu the 805 could give you an upgrade path, so it's your choice.
    
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post #6 of 7
my dad has the pd 805, it runs ok, but i much prefer my 165.

I ecomend the 3600 x2 fo sho
    
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post #7 of 7
I 100% agree with pow3rtr1p - get yourself a motherboard which supports both PentiumD and Core2Duo. That way you can grab the PD now for pennies and OC it like madman, that ought to keep you going until you can upgrade to Core2Duo
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