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i'm workin on gettin a new comp, and i want dual core...but i'm havin the hardest time trying to deside weather i want the x2 3800 or the intel 920. wat would u guys recomend, and should i wait till the am2 socket comes out? b/c i really like ddr2
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o and by the way i'm gona be running a 7900gt in it,
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The 920 is a very good CPU.....they overclock like mad. If you don't plan to overclock, then the x2 3800 is faster by default (in gaming apps), however it is about $50 more expensive than the 920.

This is for a new PC right? Because if you are just upgrading your current one go for the 920 for sure.....you will save alot of money.

If I were you, I would stick with what you have.........
    
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yamon, stick with Intel cause u got the board and memory for it, do not switch to AMD unless you're going to upgrade motherboard(socket 939), memory(u got DDR2) AND cpu as fatal05 said
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post #5 of 11
definatley stick with your current system

read the thread about how the 920(OCed)beats fx-60 sometimes

you can really push that CPU high
well over 4gz

and make sure you get beter cooling, a real nice air cooler

id get water
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post #6 of 11
Wait for am2 if you want a 2nd comp.

You pc owns enough as it is.
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Also I wanted to add, correct me if I'm wrong, but I heard the conroe is going to be socket 775?
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post #8 of 11
Conroe = soket 771 as far as I know, and it's pin-to-pin compatible with the yonah platform.

I'd go for the x3800 any time since while OCed @ 2.6-2.7GHz beats a 920 OCed @3.8GHz. If you want DDR2 you can wait for AM2, but this kind of memory is an advantage only on Intel platforms. On the AMD side it seems you need DDR2 800 to match the DDR 400 performance, I wonder why AMD evan bothers to use this kind of memory...
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post #9 of 11
Hi all

This is my first post here and have a bit of recent insight to Intel vs. Amd dual core. I originally had the Intel version of the mobo I currently have with DDR2 and an Intel Pentium D 940, all else was the same. It ran very cool and I was able to overclock it to a pretty nice speed over it's stock. I ran 3dMark05 before all the major overclocking and got around a low 9000 (9100-9400) score. After lots of trail and error I was able to get the overclock to hold and was very stable (again to its credit it ran very cool even oc'd), ran 3dmark05 an got just a bit above 10000 (10300).

I then began reading alot about the AMD dual cores and saw some impressive reviews so I decided to switch out the mobo, proc an memory for an AMD set up. First started out with an AMD A64 x2 4400, all other factors were the same. Ran 3DMark05, no oc to any of the system settings, and right off the bat was able to get mid 10000 (10500 or so). After some OC'ing to the system I was able to com back pretty easily with a score of 11000+ on 3DMark05.

The AMD A64 X2 4400 is the same proce, roughly, as the Intel Pentium D940. The other draw back with Intel based systems that are using DDR2 is that DDR2 is not as stable as DDR1 and, as of now, you don't see the lower latencies that you can easily see in DDR1 dimms. So although DDR2 memory can clock faster the system is waiting longer to to receive the information. After deing so impressed with the 4400 I took the plunge to the X2 4800 and couldn't be happier.
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Hi all I,m also new to this board and have a similar setup as above with a AMD X2 4800+ but can,t seem to overclock it to far, when I get to 2.7 it locks up and I have heard this processor can reach 3.0 stable, does anyone have any suggestions for me ?
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