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Old 11-18-2007, 08:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys,

I'm looking for a new computer, i have to choose between these 2 processors:

Pentium 4 @ 3.0GHz
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+

I'm wondering if dual core is better but i have no clue, can u guys help?

P.S I'm a hardcore gamer and i'm gonna be pushing this PC to its limits
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Old 11-18-2007, 08:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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neither of those are dual-core.. the Athlon64's are single core... but the Athlon is better.. and will probably overclock better than those stupid Netburst Pentium 4's
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Dual core is better. But a P4 isn't too hardcore. Where are you buying this? Dell?
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Im surprised that a hardcore gamer doesnt know that a dual core CPU is the minimum standard today.

Definately go for a Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 or E6750.
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Im surprised that a hardcore gamer doesnt know that a dual core CPU is the minimum standard today.

Definately go for a Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 or E6750.
or start at the e2180
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well if your aren't putting this together with your own hands then i would buy it from IBUYPOWER.COM or CYBERPOWER.COM...
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I think when you say 5200 you mean x2.... I don't recall them ever making a single core 5200..

If it is a x2 5200, that would definitely be the decision
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You see, the problem i have with dual core is that it runs at a lower speed (2.2 GHZ) than the pentium 4 (3.0 GHz) and im not into overclocking much
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The other processors are much more effiicent, meaning they do MUCH more work per clock cycle....

in other words...2.2ghz is much faster than 3.0ghz....not to mention there are 2 processors instead of 1.

What is your budget? Is this a new build?
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i wouldnt mind spending up to $300 for it, and yeah its a new build
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