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Old 09-13-2006, 07:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys,

I'm about to buy a PC mainly for gaming, but on a £1000 net budget and face a few choices:

1. CPU
- Pentium D 940, or
- Athlon 64 DualCore X2 4600+

I'm pretty lame with technology, but so far i thought its the clock that matters. D 940 is 3.2 GHz whereas Athlon is sth like 2.4 or 2.2 (not sure) but browsing through the internet sites about PCs i seem to get an idea they are pretty much comparable. Is that so? If not, which one is better?

2. Graphics
- 512MB GeForce 7900GTX
- 512MB Radeon X1800xT

With those i'm lost completely. Any of them better than the other? Does it matter with which CPU they go?

Please help.
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The Athlon and the GeForce are both better...
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Old 09-13-2006, 12:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Honestly if you can, then forget all of those parts and get an intel core 2 duo e6300 for your CPU, and get an x1900GT or a 7900GT for your Video card.

If you must choose these then go for the athlon and the nvidia
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Is 7900 GT better than 7900 GTX?
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Old 09-13-2006, 01:32 PM   #5 (permalink)
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It can be overclocked to the same speeds, and it's cheaper (if you go for the core 2 duo you're gonna need extra money for a supported mobo/RAM)
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Heh, the problem is i don't know how to overclock or anybody that does...
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Old 09-13-2006, 01:43 PM   #7 (permalink)
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It's pretty easy, there are guys over at the overclocking forums here that could help you out, even without overclocking though I believe the 7900GT is better value for money
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yeah, get the 7900... it overclocks to as fast as cards $150 more expensive.
i like my x2, but i hear the core2duo is better. :/
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