Help Needed, (Dual Core Decision...!) - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > New Systems | Building and Buying
Click Here to Login
Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 01-28-2006, 01:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
Super Techie
 
Chazzer3's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: North West, UK
Posts: 449
Send a message via AIM to Chazzer3
Default Help Needed, (Dual Core Decision...!)

Hi Guys,

EDIT

Hi,

thanks for all the replies, and I think you've convinced me away from dell.

This is what I'm thinking:

Processor: AMD64 Athlon X2 4400+ 2Mb
Memory: 1.0GB DDR 400mhz
Optical Drive: 16x Sony Double-Layer DVD+/-RW and 52x CD-RW
PCI-Express Graphics card: ATI Radeon X800GTO PCI-E 256MB
Operating System: Geniune Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2

Those are the main things I'm thinking about now.

What do you guys think about these specs? I mean, is the graphics card going to work out, and the processor?

Thanks for your continued help, I'm getting really confused between the options and stuff, and now I've got my parents asking me about which laptop would be the best for them......

Anyway,

Thanks,

Charlie -

That?

Old post....

I hate to feel like I'm posting a lot of topics but I want to make the right decision on my next computer...

I am confused in a way.

Is it worth me getting a 2.8Ghz Pentium D Dual Core Processor or for a tiny bit less, (money), a 3.2Ghz Pentium 4 (SC) processor?!

That is my first dilemma. Is it really worth getting the Dual Core, (I personally think so, but I'm fairly newbish in this realm of multi-core processors...)

Also, would it be better to get 2gig of ram + the 2.8ghz Dual Core, or would it be better to get a gig of ram and 3ghz Dual core. The costs are the same, so what would you say is better, is 2gig really neccessary at the moment?

(FYI I'm getting the nVidia GeForce 6800 Graphics card, with 256mb of mem)

What configuration would you guys say is better?

Thanks a lot,

Charlie =

(this comp is meant to cost overall about £1k, and will be used for gaming, photo processing and general work + internet usage.
__________________

Chazzer3 is offline  
Old 01-28-2006, 01:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
Wizard Techie
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 3,339
Default

Read about dual cores before you buy your processor and I do not recommend an Intel. Intel is not a good choice for Dual Core it may in the next gen but it isn't now. You are best to look at an AMD X2 3800+ or higher or a entry to mid level Opteron.
__________________

__________________
<form action=\"http://www.srsyo.org/tfsearch.php\" method=\"get\">
<input type=\"text\" name=\"search\"> <input type=\"submit\" name=\"submit\" value=\"Search TF before you post!\"></form>
Vista Discussion | 64 Bit Discussion |Microsoft Homepage | Yo Linux | Paul Thurrott | Fire Fox | Thunder Bird | Image Shack | Photo Bucket | Put File | Anti-Spyware | MS Anti-Spyware | Trillian | Anti-Virus | On Line Virus Scan
Tyler1989 is offline  
Old 01-28-2006, 03:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
Newb Techie
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 7
Send a message via AIM to lleger
Default

Chazzer3,
As pointed out in the last thread you opened, you are thinking about purchasing a Dell. Before you think about any specs you must decide where you are buying the computer from. I do not under any circumstances recommend a Dell. Their service isn't great, their tech support speaks English as a second language and to get a replacement part is nearly impossible. If you can, I would stay away from buying one of these machines, instead consider building one yourself. It's very self-satisfying. Even better, consider supporting your local guy at one of the computer shops down the road.

About dual-core, it's better off to get a dual-core processor than a single-core one anyday. Their performance is exponential compared to the single-cores. And any GB of RAM should suffice. 2GB seems like overkill to me but will make things stream like crazy. In the words of Steve Jobs it'll "scroll like butter!"
lleger is offline  
Old 01-28-2006, 04:08 PM   #4 (permalink)
True Techie
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 169
Default

I'll tell you from experience, do not get the 820. You are much better getting the P4 640 or 641, since you are looking at the 3.2. If the regular Pentium D's had hyper-threading then I would suggest getting the dual core, but since they don't, don't even bother, not with the lower level PD anyway.

Might sheck out the new 9xx series dual cores if your looking at intel
__________________
Intel PD 820; 3.36GHz, 31C idle 43C under load
Thermalright Ultra 120 CPU Cooler
3 120mm Delta case fans each @ 146 CFM
ASUS StrikerExtreme, WD Raptor 150Gb
4Gb Crucial Ballistix PC-6400 (5-6-6-21) @ 960MHz
LIAN LI PC-V2100APlus II, Sony & BTC DVD Burners
evga e-GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB
Antec TruePower Quattro 850W Modular Power Supply
icemakr is offline  
Old 01-28-2006, 04:35 PM   #5 (permalink)
Ultra Techie
 
boomstick666's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 743
Default

u want dual core yet u want non hyper-threading intel..
and its for gaming and photo...it doesnt really make sence.
AMD is the answer. like all the other ppl suggests.
__________________
i5 2500K @ 4.8GHz 1.384v - AsRock P67 Extreme4 B3 BIOS 1.90
G.Skill Ripjaws X DDR3 PC12800 2x4GB @ 1866 9-10-9-28 1T 1.590v
EVGA GTX 570HD SC 930/1950 1.100v
Crucial M4 SSD 128GB - OCZ 700W PSU (4x18A) - Noctua NH-D14 (BM120mm x Noctua140mm)
Corsair 600T SE White - Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit SP1 - Mitsubishi DiamondPro2070sb (CRT!)

3DMark11 P7089 | 3DMark Vantage P26383
boomstick666 is offline  
Old 01-28-2006, 04:37 PM   #6 (permalink)
True Techie
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 169
Default

Boomstick666 is right, if you're set on a dual core get AMD. But if you are wanting an intel get the single core.
__________________
Intel PD 820; 3.36GHz, 31C idle 43C under load
Thermalright Ultra 120 CPU Cooler
3 120mm Delta case fans each @ 146 CFM
ASUS StrikerExtreme, WD Raptor 150Gb
4Gb Crucial Ballistix PC-6400 (5-6-6-21) @ 960MHz
LIAN LI PC-V2100APlus II, Sony & BTC DVD Burners
evga e-GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB
Antec TruePower Quattro 850W Modular Power Supply
icemakr is offline  
Old 01-28-2006, 04:42 PM   #7 (permalink)
Ultra Techie
 
boomstick666's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 743
Default

Quote:
Originally posted by icemakr
Boomstick666 is right, if you're set on a dual core get AMD. But if you are wanting an intel get the single core.
lol but u have PD820...
__________________
i5 2500K @ 4.8GHz 1.384v - AsRock P67 Extreme4 B3 BIOS 1.90
G.Skill Ripjaws X DDR3 PC12800 2x4GB @ 1866 9-10-9-28 1T 1.590v
EVGA GTX 570HD SC 930/1950 1.100v
Crucial M4 SSD 128GB - OCZ 700W PSU (4x18A) - Noctua NH-D14 (BM120mm x Noctua140mm)
Corsair 600T SE White - Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit SP1 - Mitsubishi DiamondPro2070sb (CRT!)

3DMark11 P7089 | 3DMark Vantage P26383
boomstick666 is offline  
Old 01-28-2006, 04:43 PM   #8 (permalink)
True Techie
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 169
Default

lol, and that's EXACTLY why i'm trying to persuade him not to!
__________________
Intel PD 820; 3.36GHz, 31C idle 43C under load
Thermalright Ultra 120 CPU Cooler
3 120mm Delta case fans each @ 146 CFM
ASUS StrikerExtreme, WD Raptor 150Gb
4Gb Crucial Ballistix PC-6400 (5-6-6-21) @ 960MHz
LIAN LI PC-V2100APlus II, Sony & BTC DVD Burners
evga e-GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB
Antec TruePower Quattro 850W Modular Power Supply
icemakr is offline  
Old 01-28-2006, 11:52 PM   #9 (permalink)
Junior Techie
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 62
Default

Quote:
Originally posted by icemakr
lol, and that's EXACTLY why i'm trying to persuade him not to!
LoL

i agree with boom and others, go amd, and build it yourself! though this does take a little more dedication, patience, and reading, will be worth it in the end!
__________________
system specs~
amd 165 opteron x2
evga 6600GT 256mb pci-e
2g corsair xms dual channel
asus a8n-e ultra atx
samsung 40g 7200rpm sata 3.0g/s
asus combo drive
antec true blue 480w psu
cheiftek ultra dragon full atx with (side window panel)
dRgreen is offline  
Old 01-28-2006, 11:56 PM   #10 (permalink)
True Techie
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 169
Default

I would have gone AMD if I didn't get my cpu for $105. It was enough to persuade me. lol
__________________

__________________
Intel PD 820; 3.36GHz, 31C idle 43C under load
Thermalright Ultra 120 CPU Cooler
3 120mm Delta case fans each @ 146 CFM
ASUS StrikerExtreme, WD Raptor 150Gb
4Gb Crucial Ballistix PC-6400 (5-6-6-21) @ 960MHz
LIAN LI PC-V2100APlus II, Sony & BTC DVD Burners
evga e-GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB
Antec TruePower Quattro 850W Modular Power Supply
icemakr is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:11 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.