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Old 12-26-2008, 01:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 vs. AMD Phenom X4 9550/9500

I need to buy a new desktop PC, but I know practically nothing about computers. So... any help would be greatly appreciated.

I need to choose between:

1. Q8200 + 4GB RAM
2. 9550 + 5GB RAM + 256MB NVIDIA GeForce
3. 9500 + 6GB RAM

What I use the computer for: Internet surfing, downloading and watching movies and TV shows, CD/DVD burning, some Word and Excel stuff, some graphics stuff (Paint Shop Pro, Animation Shop, Photoshop), and some video editing (Pinnacle: nothing complicated - cutting scenes from different videos and putting them together and adding some simple effects, mostly - but I do work with some pretty big files, if that matters). Plus I often run a bunch of programs (e.g. uTorrent, Nitro PDF professional, Livestation, Limewire, etc.) at the same time.

So... not being a gamer, would I still benefit from getting the better processor, or would the AMD ones work just as well and I should get more RAM instead? And would the graphics card do me any good?
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Default Re: Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 vs. AMD Phenom X4 9550/9500

How much money are you willing to spend? Can you get other CPU other than those? What motherboard do you have or are you getting?
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Default Re: Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 vs. AMD Phenom X4 9550/9500

All these CPU's stink tbh..

Q6600 is cheaper than these.. and better performance than all of them
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Motherboard: D33-ICH9 (if 8200), M2N78-LA (if 9550), M2N68-LA (if 9500).

And I'm not building the computer myself - I'm just choosing between the three packages, none of which include a 6600. But do I really need the better processor if I'm not a gamer? Or would the cheaper AMDs work fine too (in which case I can get more RAM and hard drive space)?
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Build your own computer and pick parts that give better bang for your buck. Just because you don't need a certain level of performance doesn't mean you should waste money on lackluster parts that are more expensive than superior components. If you literally cannot build it yourself, find a better pre-built company, such as ecollegepc.
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Old 12-27-2008, 12:42 AM   #6 (permalink)
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The thing is ... RAM doesn't cost that much, and you're paying more for a worse CPU than a Q6600. About $50 for really good Gskill PI black 800MHz RAM.
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You don't really need over 4GB of ram.
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