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Poll Results: Which upgrade package?

 
  • 7% (1)
    INTEL
  • 92% (13)
    AMD
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post #1 of 19
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Yes I know, im sorry its in the AMD - General section, but I couldn't decide where to put this (By the way, I think we need a section for these types of INTEL or AMD sections, like the GRAPHICS CARDS - General section, anyways)

Ok, so I have two builds planned and I cannot decide which to get. Remember price IS an issue so consider the fact that the AMD rig is about $200 more than the INTEL one.

Also, those upgrades will go into the rest of my system in my sig. Thanks in advance.

INTEL:
Pentium 4 660
ASUS P5WD2
2GB OCZ Gold DDR2 800 (4x512MB)
Windows XP Home
Thermaltake Big Typhoon
Total:$1,037.58

AMD:
AMD A64 X2 4400+
DFI Lan Party UT SLI-DR Expert
2GB G.SKILL Extreme Series DDR600 (4x512MB)
Windows XP Home
Thermaltake Big Typhoon
Total:$1,235.94

So, which system will perform better in general video encoding, GAMING!, and will be more worth it for the price? Comments and info greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 19
o god, that amd will cream the intel in any catagory. It is really worth the 200 bux in my mind, though i do recommend that you don't get 4x512 for the memory, i mean, the 4x512 will put a lot of stress on the motherboard, and will probably give you less of an OC. Insted get 2x1gig of some ram. Also, For a gfx card, i would get a connect3D x800GTO and flash it to a x850xtpe that is the best value for a graphics card right now. (assuming you need one)
    
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post #3 of 19
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Actually, I am planning to keep my video card until R580 time Also, I am giving my mobo, cpu and ram to my dad so that is what is prompting this upgrade, otherwise I would be fine with my system, also thanks wowza, good post
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post #4 of 19
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Originally Posted by Remonster
Yes I know, im sorry its in the AMD - General section, but I couldn't decide where to put this (By the way, I think we need a section for these types of INTEL or AMD sections, like the GRAPHICS CARDS - General section, anyways)

Ok, so I have two builds planned and I cannot decide which to get. Remember price IS an issue so consider the fact that the AMD rig is about $200 more than the INTEL one.

Also, those upgrades will go into the rest of my system in my sig. Thanks in advance.

INTEL:
Pentium 4 660
ASUS P5WD2
2GB OCZ Gold DDR2 800 (4x512MB)
Windows XP Home
Thermaltake Big Typhoon
Total:$1,037.58

AMD:
AMD A64 X2 4400+
DFI Lan Party UT RDX-200 CF-DR
2GB G.SKILL Extreme Series DDR600 (4x512MB)
Windows XP Home
Thermaltake Big Typhoon
Total:$1,225.94

So, which system will perform better in general video encoding, GAMING!, and will be more worth it for the price? Comments and info greatly appreciated.
I'm sure you've read the lastest comparison showing the AMD winning in every benchmark. Either are great systems, but the AMD is definitely faster and probably will run cooler. If you need to save a few bucks for now, you can probably run that AMD OCed fine on the stock cooler with AS5 on it.
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post #5 of 19
I voted for the Intel setup, just because of the price factor. It will still run your apps great, but if benchmark supremacy is what you are after go with the AMD.
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post #6 of 19
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Well, those were the AMD A64 X2s vs. Intel Pentium Ds. This is not a Pentium D, but a 3.6GHz single core with Hyper Threading. Anyways, I am really leaning towards that AMD rig, you guys are right, it will be TEH PWNAGE And about the memory, if I run it at stock timings and voltage for DDR600, even with 4x512 sticks, it should run fine at 546MHz right? I ask this since 273x11=3.003GHz and that in a 1:1 ratio equals DDR546, that is the highest I can hope to overclock IMO
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post #7 of 19
yes, amd is a better choice, I just moved over from intel and see a world of difference.
4x512 dimm = 2t command rate(Command Per Clock) which according to dfi effectively sets the board memory divider to ddr333 speed to compensate for having to drive 4 dimms, this is a problem with AMD's integrated memory controller, it has nothing to do with any a64 mobo's.
Dfi on their cf and expert boards have managed to enable a 1t timing, although it falters at fsb speed of over 210 (for now).
And word around the web has it that the dfi rdx-cf likes eating high end procs, not spreading rumors, but you should read up on the subject.
I would get a nf4 board unless you are absoultely sure that you want crossfire, then I'd wait till the asus cf board comes out and compare.
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post #8 of 19
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Note the change in my sig thanks again guys!

EDIT/// Care to link me deathdispenser?? And how are you liking that 4400+?
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post #9 of 19
check the top 30 comp in the benchie section, this thing pwns.
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post #10 of 19
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How about a DFI Lan Party UT SLI-DR Expert? Also, if I plan to get a good but cheap single card motherboard now and get a CrossFire one later when the R580 comes out, which would you guys reccomend?
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