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Dual Core on a budget right now, can I justify AMD

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July 11, 2006 12:53:53 AM

Please, no preaching. Just some simple facts.

Buying parts very soon, not willing to wait for Conroe for this build. Not interested in overclocking at all. Needs to be Dual Core. NOT a gaming rig. Will be used for various apps including educational software and basic photo editing. Not on a shoestring budget, but need to justify extra spending.

Intell Pentium D 820
$170 delivered

Intel Pentium D 930
$173 delivered

AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+
$297 delivered

Lowest price AMD dual core costs a wopping $127 more than Intel (that's about 75% more).

What am I getting for the additional $127 that would make it worth my while?

And I here the D 9x0 is MUCH better than the D 8x0. Is that right?
July 11, 2006 12:59:59 AM

http://www23.tomshardware.com/cpu.html?modelx=33&model1...

The two are roughly equal performance wise... 930 or 3800+
and either will perform well for what you need...

If saving $130 is important, save it... or use the extra cash to upgrade or splurge on something else like RAM...
or you could buy a Conroe, sites are all ready taking pre-orders... :wink:
July 11, 2006 1:02:19 AM

Quote:
http://www23.tomshardware.com/cpu.html?modelx=33&model1...

The two are roughly equal performance wise... 930 or 3800+
and either will perform well for what you need...

If saving $130 is important, save it... or use the extra cash to upgrade or splurge on something else like RAM...
or you could buy a Conroe, sites are all ready taking pre-orders... :wink:


Hehe.
July 11, 2006 1:22:25 AM

If you are buying right now, I would say the 930. Around the same performance, but cheaper.

Come Conroe, July 24th - even though you are not going to buy Conroe, that 3800x2 will just about half in price. In which case i'd go with that one.
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