Need to know what one is better.

Hey guys easy question here I have the option of buying a laptop with:

Intel® Pentium® 4 640 Desktop Processor w/ HT Technology 3.2GHz 800MHz FSB 2MB
with 3gb of ram.

the other one is:

AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 4200+ with HyperTransport and Dual Core Technology
but can only have 2gb of ram.

so what would be faster for games? I am sure the amd processor is faster but having teh extra 1gb of ram will be nice in the future. what intel processor would match the speed of the amd one out of these options?
the 3.4ghz, 3.6ghz or 3.8ghz?

Both have the same video card
Thank you
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  1. Go for the x2
    3 gigs of ram indeed would be nice, but 2 is very well, so, there's not such a HUGE difference

    http://www.tomshardware.com/2005/12/13/how_much_ram_do_you_really_need/
  2. Ditto, the X2 is the wiser choice. Not only is it dual core for multitasking but it will also run cooler than the single core 640 w/HT. Battery life may be better as well.2Gb RAM should be sufficient.
  3. Yeah, To know what a 4200+ will act like just take the Frequency of the Chip ex. 2200Ghz X 1.6 and you'll get the Approximate P-rating of what speed you would need the Pentium at to perform as well. and 2 GB would zoom zoom any AMD64 X 2. Yeah it could easly over and over perform the fastest Pentiums out, to-date.
  4. awesome guys thanks for the advice going with the AMD!
  5. Quote:
    Hey guys easy question here I have the option of buying a laptop with:

    Intel® Pentium® 4 640 Desktop Processor w/ HT Technology 3.2GHz 800MHz FSB 2MB
    with 3gb of ram.

    the other one is:

    AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 4200+ with HyperTransport and Dual Core Technology
    but can only have 2gb of ram.

    so what would be faster for games? I am sure the amd processor is faster but having teh extra 1gb of ram will be nice in the future. what intel processor would match the speed of the amd one out of these options?
    the 3.4ghz, 3.6ghz or 3.8ghz?

    Both have the same video card
    Thank you


    OK, a processor is not as important to gaming as RAM. You could have a single core AMD Athlon 3500 and games would run perfectly, assuming you have other good components (GPU, RAM). Get 2GB or RAM and forget the expensive processor. The video card is also important, get a good one, like the 7900GT. Also, don't get dual core CPU. I suggest you get an Opteron motherboard that allows for dual core, but doesn't require it. Right now, the sad truth is that software can simply not harness the power of dual core processors. Sure, some applications can utelize dual core--but very very few. These are not games and are usually things that have to do with science and other gunk. If you get an Opteron motherboard and a single one core Opteron, it will be more than you will need for nearly two years. That will be about when dual core applications will come to market. Then get another Opteron, shove it in, and you're ready to go.

    Oh, and AMD is currently better for gaming than Intel, so if you want to build now, get AMD.
  6. If you are going to buy a laptop for gaming, either chip will do.
    The key here is graphics. Buy the unit with the better screen and gfx card combo.
  7. Why would you want either of those in a laptop?
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