Originally posted by XxBoBxX
Are dual cores all they claimed to be. I'm planning on building a gaming rig for around $1000. Should I go with a strong single core or a mid dual. Also I'd prefer amd to intel.
If i go amd should i bother with the am2 and ddr2 or just stick with the standard.
What real world benifit does ddr2 have over ddr? $vsPerformace.
and lastly whats up in the 200-300ish video card realm now.
From what I've read, DDR2 (despite having higher bandwidth) will not be significantly faster than DDR. Since it's the next generation memory technology, I would get it anyways. It does cost a little more than DDR, but cheaper than Rambus (obsolete technology).
As of now, I would go with the new Intel Core 2 Duo (Conroe), but if you prefer AMD, the AM2 won't "wow" you that much. You will see a difference with dual core CPUs compared to single core CPUs. Common sense tells us that having two core is better than one for multitasking. More apps and games are dual core ready(multithreaded apps) and will take advantage of the speed difference.
Video cards in the $200-$300ish range will get you a very nice video card. Some on the top of my head are: 7800GT, 7900GT, and the AGP version 7800GS.