This is what I have at the moment:
- Intel Pentium D 930 3.0GHz Processor
- ASUS P5LD2 (Just sold yesterday)
- ASUS 512MB EAX1600PRO/TD
- 1GB DDR2 533MHz Memory
I just sold my ASUS P5LD2 yesterday and I was planning to try out Crossfire. But I got to choose between ASUS P5WD2-E Premium or ASUS A8R32-MVP Deluxe. I am planning to purchase another ASUS 512MB EAX1600PRO/TD for Crossfire. The problem between these to motherboard, ASUS P5WD2-E Premium is running Crossfire at 8x while ASUS A8R32-MVP is running Crossfire at 16x. Now I have an Intel Pentium D 930 3.0GHz Processor 800FSB in my hand.
I would like your fellow comment on:
1. Should I move over to AMD or continue with Intel?
2. Is there a recommendation on AMD processor which cost similar to my budget for Intel currently?
3. Does my existing EAX1600 matter with crossfire 8x or 16x?
4. Which is better?
- Intel Pentium D 930 3.0GHz 800MHz
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- AMD Athlon 64 3500+ (2.0GHz / 512KB) Processor 2000 MT/s
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- AMD Athlod 64 3700+ (2.2GHz / 1MB) Processor 2000 MT/s
I'd stick with Intel because if you get a socket 939 AMD, you'll need to buy new RAM (s939 only takes DDR). IMO, Crossfire/SLI with mid-range cards (IE: X1600, 7600) isn't worth it. Once you factor in the extra cost of the motherboard and extra grahpics card, you've spent a LOT more than you would have on a single high end card (X1800XT, 7900GT, etc.)
With X1900 prices dropping, I'd get this MSI X1900XT for $290 after a $100 mail-in rebate.
IMO, it was a bad idea to sell your mobo. How much did you get for it?