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What's a better CPU? A AMD 64 X2 3800+ VS Intel 802

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August 9, 2006 1:37:04 PM

I'm building a computer for my kid and cost is a factor. When it copmes to the CPU I'm trying to decide if I should go with an AMD 64 X2 3800+ VS an Intel Pentium D 805 @ 2.66 Ghz.

My son will be using it for some games. I'm throwing in an old ATI All In Wonder PCI-E video card.

Any suggestions between these two would be appreciated.


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August 9, 2006 4:20:22 PM

Running at stock, the 3800+ should cruise to an easy victory. If you are able to overclcok the **** out of the 805, then it may or may not be as fast as a 3800+. Personally, I feel ok with overclocking a 805, but only on air. If you include the price of the highend motherboard, and watercooler needed to hit 4GHz+, it is simply too expensive. Its been awhile since I've read the overclocking article, so I don't remember if a 3.6GHz 805 is faster then a 3800+.
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August 9, 2006 4:58:14 PM

They're not in the same price range. However, if you do have enough money budgeted to afford the X2 3800, then get it.
August 9, 2006 5:40:05 PM

A X2 3800 for 150 dollars cant be beat price/performance wise IMO
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August 9, 2006 7:05:52 PM

The X2 3800+ can sh*tkick the 805 while hogtied..... The 805 is a terrible chip, especially for gaming.
August 9, 2006 7:31:36 PM

...My son will be using it for some games. I'm throwing in an old ATI All In Wonder PCI-E video card...

My guess is that the gfx card will be the bigger problem for a gamer.
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August 9, 2006 10:51:12 PM

That depends on what kind of gaming his son wants to do...
August 10, 2006 8:19:14 AM

Fair enough. Maybe he's into "Jeopardy"... :wink: