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Old 10-13-2005, 12:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default CPU.......Dual core or Not???

Greetings all

Well I'm done as much research as I can handle and I can't make up my mind.

I'm in the procces of building a new puter and I just don't know what to get.

I would like a dual core but latley I've been asking my self If I really need one. I Want a very fast system that's a give. I would do some video editing and some gaming and backing up my dvd library. I usually stay on one task at a time.

That bieng said: in the dual core chips,
I'm looking at the Athlon 64 x2 3800+ 939 socket and the Pentium D 820 775 socket

Does anyone here have any exerience with these chips? Am I looking at something that is over rated?

Maybe I should get at single chip processor, it seems like I can get more speed on a single chip for about the same amount of money.

maybe I'm not seeing something, I am still learning about computers

Take the AMD Athlon™ 64 Processor 4000+ socket 939 single chip
* Processor: AMD Athlon™ 64
* Model: 4000+
* Stepping: CG
* Frequency: 2400Mhz
* HT Speed: 2000
* Voltage: 1.50V
* Max Temp: 70°C
* Thermal Power: 89W
* L1 Cache: 128KB
* L2 Cache: 1MB
* CMOS Technology: 130nm SOI
* Socket: Socket 939

And nowthe Athlon 64 x2 64 3800+ socket 939

* Processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core
* Model: 3800+
* Ordering P/N (PIB) ADA3800BVBOX
* Frequency 2000Mhz
* HT Speed 2000
* Voltage 1.35V-1.40
* Max Temp 71°C
* Thermal Power 89W
* L1 Cache 128KB + 128KB
* L2 Cache 512KB + 512KB
* CMOS Technology 90nm SOI
* Socket Socket 939

They are about the same price so which is a better chip for a person that wants a fast computer and is not so worried about multitasking.
I'm confused, it seems like the single chip would be faster??????

How about that Pentium D 820
# Processor - Intel® Pentium® D Processor
# Processor Number - 820
# Architecture - 90 nm technology
# L2 Cache - 2x1MB
# Clock Speed - 2.80 GHz
# Front Side Bus - 800 MHz
# Execute Disable Bit - Can help to prevent some classes of viruses and worms that exploit buffer overrun vulnerabilities thus helping to improve the overall security of the system.
# Intel® Extended Memory 64 Technology - Processors with Intel EM64T allow platforms to access larger amounts of memory and will support 64-bit extended operating systems.
# Dual-Core - Provides two execution cores in one physical processor allowing the platform to do more in less time while enjoying smooth interaction with your PC.

Compare that to the Intel Pentium 4 3.4GHz E , 1MB 800 FSB Socket 478 Prescott Hyper Threading Bare Processor .

They are also about the same price??????

So I guess I will leave you with this.
If I were using my computer on mostly single tasks, Will I be throwing away money getting a dual core?

Thank you very much for reading my post.
Any info would be greatly appreciate it.


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Old 10-13-2005, 12:50 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Go with the AMD dual core, When you put an AMD up against and intel for gaming, AMD pwns.

Sorry If I didn't read anything else in your post. Just felt like, stoping you from wasting your money on an Intel. That was to close for comfort.

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AMD x2 3800+ all the way, just read this:
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Old 10-13-2005, 04:32 AM   #4 (permalink)
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go for the AMD. they're always better for games, and the dual cores are also great in video editing too
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Old 10-14-2005, 12:20 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks for all your opinion

I made up my mind and will post results when build is complete.

BTW. I went with X2 3800
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Old 10-15-2005, 10:57 PM   #6 (permalink)
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im getting that exact CPU...i hope it goes well. costs about $500 australian

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