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

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?
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  1. http://www23.tomshardware.com/cpu.html?modelx=33&model1=237&chart=61&model2=322

    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:
  2. Quote:
    http://www23.tomshardware.com/cpu.html?modelx=33&model1=237&chart=61&model2=322

    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.
  3. 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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