I am a computer savvy guy and have been using desktop computer for last 6 years. I love programming and games. For a while I was away so I was using a laptop system.
Now I am interested in buying a new desktop pc. I want a fast PC capable to running modern day applications quickly and high end games as well.
I needed some advice regarding a few things -
Which is an Ideal processor to buy? I am interested in Intel processors. So can you advice me a processor which isnt too expensive either but is pretty good and is supported by Windows XP Professional.
I was thinking of Pentium 4 HT Extreme Edition. or something??
Do you recommend dual core processors or is single processor okay for day to day applications and games. ?
Moreover are dual core or latest processors supported by windows xp.
I am sorry as i have a lot of questions but would be glad if anyone can help me out.
wait until conroe comes out and see how it performs against amd, other wise i'd say going with amd is ur best bet for games. as for dual or single get the dual core since programers are starting to write more and more programs for dual core and i think their even making games for dual core now too.
if u can wait till conroe then wait and see is the AM2 reverse hyper threading thing turns out to be true
So if you like Intel, and can't wait for Conroe, then get a dual core 900 series. They are cheap, have 2 meg L2 caches (per core) and are built on the 65 nm process so they run a bit cooler than the older parts.
I certainly wouldn't recommend the Extreme Edition to anyone unless they wanted to throw their money away! Just isn't worth anywhere near the $$$ they want for those things.
1 gig isnt that bad
there isnt alot of difference between 1gb and 2gb ram
i would rather spend the money on the cpu and get more ram when vista comes out as it will be cheaper then probly.
as for the cpu i would definetly get an amd dual core if u cant wait for core2duo.
all pentiums are ovens and arent good for games.
watever u do wait around a month for the prices to drop.
Actually, if you want to save money by getting 1 gig of ram rather than 2, spend that money on getting a better video card not proc. Video card and ram are arguably the most important parts in a gaming rig right now. A top of the line vid card and 2 gig with a 3200+ will play any new games at high settings and high resolution.
Also in argument of 2 gig, 2x1 gig sticks is generaly going to be better than 4x512 sticks down the road. Plus if you want to upgrade to 4 gigs later, vista will actually be able to see it all!
Yea, and I recommended a processor to him. Now I am recommending not to put more money into the processor when it would be better spent on ram or a video card. Just because it is the cpu section doesn't mean we should tell him to put all his money into the cpu.
Plus, he is building a new computer not upgrading. I take this to mean he is getting everything, including vid card. Now maybe I am wrong, but unless he specifies otherwise that is what a new build is to me.
If you are inclined to buy Intel you will get good value in the Pentium D's, especially when the price drops take effect in a month or 2. You can get a great deal if you are good a overclocking and buy a Pentium D 805.
Good value is also found in the AMD Market as well. You can feel confident as their products are excellent. Athlon 64 3500 is a good price point for single core. and 3800's are decent in Dual core. Both are easily overclocked.