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Old 12-30-2005, 04:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I currently have a crappy 533 mhz Pentium 3 so I figure its time for an upgrade.

I am trying to build a computer that will be able to run all the new games and games coming out in the future. I have every part picked out for my computer but I am stuck on what CPU to get. I want to spend around $200 and no more then $250.

Most of the new games coming out reccomend that you have a 2.4 ghz processor. I've noticed that You can get a 3 ghz Intel processor for less than a 2.4 ghz AMD processor. Many people here say that a 2.4 ghz AMD processor runs better then a 3 ghz Intel processor.

So what I want to know is what is better for gaming. Like a 3 ghz+ Celeron D or P4 or a 2.4 ghz AMD. Would the AMD run games that recomend 3 ghz smoothly? Which cpu is a better value?

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AMD 3200+ runs at 2.0ghz but is comparable to a P4 3.2ghz. Ghz mean nothing anymore. AMD uses its clock cycles more efficently therefore using a lower clock speed to do the same and an intel at a higher one.
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So what does it mean when games recomend you have a 2.4 ghz processor?
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It recommends that you have a 2.4ghz or comparable processor. An AMD 2400+ would fall into that category and runs at 1.83ghz or so i think.
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It recommends that you have a 2.4ghz or comparable processor. An AMD 2400+ would fall into that category and runs at 1.83ghz or so i think.
A 2400+ runs at 1.6GHz but uts just as fast if not faster than a 2.4ghz p4
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So what exact processor would you suggest for me. I'm looking the cheapest one that will be capable to run all the latest games and ones coming out within the next year or so.
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Look into the 3700+ san diego, its about $230 on newegg. If you want to save even more money, look into the 3500.
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what motherboard should i get with that.
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3800+ x2 or opty 165. get dfi lanparty ut nf4 ultra-d
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