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New high end system for gaming- $2,200-$2800

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June 21, 2006 5:28:50 PM

Which gaming configuration would give the best performance for my money, $2,500? Are these set ups good at all??
I've heard that AMD processors are faster, but tend to slow down in the long run and may wait to see what the new Intel Core 2 Processors perform.

All comments are welcome. Thanks.

Configuration #1
CPU:
Intel Pentium Extreme Edition #965 - LGA775, 1066-MHz System Bus
Intel D975XBX Motherboard w/ 975X Express Chipset

SLI Configuration #2
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe nForce4 SLI-x16

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June 21, 2006 5:48:53 PM

Why would you throw away money on an Extreme Edition processor. Between the two of those, the AMD is not only faster but way cheaper.

If you want to go Intel then get a cheap dual core (Pentium D 930 or something) to tide you over until Conroe comes out, not the "top of the line".

Also whats the rest of the system? Or are you just wondering what processor and motherboard?
June 21, 2006 6:01:56 PM

I agree. It's your preference, really. If you want AMD, get a top-of-the-line AM2-based system. If you want to go the Intel route, get a cheap LGA775 chip and a high-end motherboard and wait until Core 2/Conroe is released.

I would go AMD, personally, but that's my preference at the moment.
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June 21, 2006 6:22:08 PM

like others said, wait for conroe and see

otherwise my advice is dont get an intel mobo, an asus, gigabyte or someother highend board maker has way better stuff

but if you want amd then follow what others have said
June 21, 2006 7:11:13 PM

Diross,

How exactly does an AMD processor slow down in the long run?

What are you currently using?

What's your budget for the build?

Why don't you just wait ONE month until Conroe is out and prices for every other processor drops.
June 21, 2006 8:24:39 PM

I'm currently using an old system I built many years ago...Pentium 4 2.4GHz, 400MHz FSB w/ 1024 MB DDR...ECS Motherboard (crap) and an old NVidia GeForce FX 5700 w/ 512MB card (double crap). This system sucks and I only use it for bargin basement video games that came out 4 yrs ago...so I'm really hurting for a new system.

I like Intel's design and have reservations on using a AMD since some of my friends who are in IT specialist (LAN Admin, Network Engineer, and PC Support) where I work own AMD's. It's a mixed bag from what they tell me...like "what the difference in 1/10000000th of a second if you eye can't see it", and "AMD's slow down due to heat over the long run and aren't worth the investment". I've never owned an AMD, so I don't know if this is fact or fiction.

My budget is $2,800 for a nice system that WILL last more than several years ....home built all the way. I could squeeze it to $3,500 though.

Any ideas what will give the maximum performance for my money?
June 22, 2006 12:41:35 AM

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....and "AMD's slow down due to heat over the long run and aren't worth the investment". I've never owned an AMD, so I don't know if this is fact or fiction.
My budget is $2,800 for a nice system that WILL last more than several years ....home built all the way. I could squeeze it to $3,500 though.
Any ideas what will give the maximum performance for my money?

Just want to correct something here.
That quote they gave you about AMD's processors slowing down over time due to heat is complete fallacy and is flawed logic. Plus Intel's P4 chips are known to produce more heat than AMD's (and needed special huge heatsinks, so that network guy couldn't be more wrong).

You have about 3 to 4 good choices for a top end gaming system.

1. Build an AMD socket 939 system with an FX-60, then get a good, stable overclockable SLI board and run SLI with 2GB's of low latency, DDR 533 ram. Pro's. Cheapest, very stable and still the fastest system today. Con's. Will need to wait for DDR3 systems before upgrading again.

2. Build an AMD AM2 socket system with and FX-62 AM2 or 5000+ AM2, then get an AM2 board and run SLI with 2GB's of higher latency, DDR2 800 ram. Pro's. Newest and can support DDR2 ram with potentially greater memory speeds and bandwidth. Cons. More expensive, no current performance boosts over 939 due to higher latency ram, newer untested platform and motherboards.

2B. Intel P4 EE. This is not Intel's best product and expensive to boot. Not recommended. Better off building a cheap Intel system and overclocking, then upgrading again later.

OR wait until August, September and Later to add consideration to the following systems:

3. Top of the line Intel Conroe system will be the undisputed new performance king when it comes out. It wil be hard to get but well worth it for the one's who get it.

4. AMD 4X4 system (4 total cores). A new and unproven platform with tremendous upgrade possibilities due to the second CPU socket. Effectively a 2 socket server designed for the enthusiast user.
June 22, 2006 1:18:33 AM

CONROE.


End of discussion.
June 22, 2006 11:29:06 AM

Yes, Conroe is good. It will probably cream AMD for a little bit. Now that we've beaten the Intel/AMD discussion to death in topics just like these for the past two months, SHUT UP ABOUT IT. We all know about Core 2/Conroe, so give it a fricking rest.
June 22, 2006 12:48:03 PM
June 22, 2006 1:18:07 PM

Since your budget is so huge, why not go with a Woodcrest DP config?
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