Prescott 541 or Athlon 64 3200?

I was hooked on AMD, but the Intel chip seems like you get more punch for the dollar.. I would be using this mainly for a home computer with the occasional video game - never will quit :)

According to benchmarks, and correct me if I am wrong, the prescott 540 does quite well in comparison to it's rival AMD chips within it's price range. However, I could not find many reviews on the chip, so I thought I would inquire from all you tech gurus. Thanks for your input!

P.S. I am trying to buyt he best chip for 100 dollars or under.
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  1. AMD all the way. Prescotts are junk, avoid them if you can. Unless you need an integrated space heater.
  2. I prefer the 3200 simply for the cool and quiet software that socket 939 can use. And if funds are tight, I would get the 3000 for $55 at newegg and have more for the motherboard. And Fry's has the 3500 with ecs kn1 lite nforce4 board for $100 right now, if you live near one.
  3. I'll second that motion. AMD has the best processors under $100.
  4. Okay, AMD it is; knew I should not have left my roots :) Should I stick with the 939 or the new AM2?
  5. On budget, stick with 939, most likely cheaper ram/mobo.

    If you do have money to go AM2, then a X2 3600 could be a wise choice, will probably be to much for you though, just saying
  6. If you have 939 and only a $100 to spend, stick with 939. If you have AM2 and only a $100 to spend, stick with AM2. Unless you have atleast $600 to spend, stick with with what board you have now. If not then upgrade to Core 2.
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    AMD all the way. Prescotts are junk, avoid them if you can. Unless you need an integrated space heater.

    No kidding. I have a Prescott and it heats my whole room when I play games :(
  8. Quote:
    I was hooked on AMD, but the Intel chip seems like you get more punch for the dollar.. I would be using this mainly for a home computer with the occasional video game - never will quit :)

    According to benchmarks, and correct me if I am wrong, the prescott 540 does quite well in comparison to it's rival AMD chips within it's price range. However, I could not find many reviews on the chip, so I thought I would inquire from all you tech gurus. Thanks for your input!

    P.S. I am trying to buyt he best chip for 100 dollars or under.


    Unless you frequently do video encoding, stick with AMD.
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    I was hooked on AMD, but the Intel chip seems like you get more punch for the dollar.. I would be using this mainly for a home computer with the occasional video game - never will quit :)

    According to benchmarks, and correct me if I am wrong, the prescott 540 does quite well in comparison to it's rival AMD chips within it's price range. However, I could not find many reviews on the chip, so I thought I would inquire from all you tech gurus. Thanks for your input!

    P.S. I am trying to buyt he best chip for 100 dollars or under.

    Man, prescott is C R A P, the only reason for one to mention those cores is to underline the darkest region in CPU history; it's something like art in the middle ages, pure SH!T.
    Prescotts never stop surprising me with their immense uncapability; 2 days ago I installed some software on my uncle's PC (P43.06G/533 w/o HT), after that put it on virus scanning but it took ages for a web page to open after I clicked on the icon 8O . And switching between the two apps was frustrating.
    On my A64 3000+ I can; render, play MP3, zip files and browse the web, rarely experiencing short retards.
    Under $100 you get the 3800+ that is better than the 540.
  10. Well, m25 might be a bit "heavy handed" here, but the general message is correct :D
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