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November 4, 2006 5:09:24 PM

I am at a crossroads;

I have to pick the new CPU for my SLI gaming rig.

These are what i have it down to (please point out which has the best for power output)


Intel Pentium D Processor 945 3.40 GHz w/ 2x2MB Cache
or
Intel Core™2 Duo Processor E6300 1.86GHz w/ 2MB Cache
or
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ w/ 2x512K Cache (Socket AM2)

Feel free to mention if there is any other CPus around the 200$ CND area.

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November 4, 2006 5:18:33 PM

What they both said 6300 is the better performer out of your list.
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November 4, 2006 5:39:47 PM

The GPU is going to be a
eVGA e-GeForce 7900 GS 256MB PCI-E w/ Dual DVI, HDTV-Out (x2)

But i figured the E6300 would be the best, now i just gotta figure out the overclocking side of things.
November 4, 2006 6:00:34 PM

What kind of monitor do you have and at which resolution do you intend to play at ?

Unless you got a high end monitor that can display more than UXGA (above 1600x1200), SLI'ing a pair of 7900GS is just money down the drain as you won't see a worthwhile improvement over a single GPU solution at "lower" resolutions. On top of that, games that are not optimized to take advantage of SLI will only use a single GPU out of the two, the other will just sit idle, again, money down the drain.
November 4, 2006 6:09:18 PM

Quote:
I am at a crossroads;

I have to pick the new CPU for my SLI gaming rig.

These are what i have it down to (please point out which has the best for power output)


Intel Pentium D Processor 945 3.40 GHz w/ 2x2MB Cache
or
Intel Core™2 Duo Processor E6300 1.86GHz w/ 2MB Cache
or
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ w/ 2x512K Cache (Socket AM2)

Feel free to mention if there is any other CPus around the 200$ CND area.


Forget about PD. The Core 2 is slightly faster than X2 but you may get the whole system cheaper with AM2.

I'd say toss a coin. Both will do the job for gaming and anything else.
November 4, 2006 6:14:12 PM

Thanks for the info SidVicious, i am using a 17" LG, at a "lower" res, what i will do is go for the card, but only get one, that way i have the chance to upgrade latter down the road.
November 4, 2006 9:41:48 PM

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Thanks for the info SidVicious, i am using a 17" LG, at a "lower" res, what i will do is go for the card, but only get one, that way i have the chance to upgrade latter down the road.


With the money you're saving not getting the second card you could get an E6400 and for a tad bit more an inexpensive 19" widescreen LCD to boot....
November 4, 2006 10:14:01 PM

E6300 no doubt about it
C2D ROCKS
November 4, 2006 10:35:51 PM

Quote:
Thanks for the info SidVicious, i am using a 17" LG, at a "lower" res, what i will do is go for the card, but only get one, that way i have the chance to upgrade latter down the road.


Seriously. You are running a 17" monitor and want to do SLI???

Fyi, I have a Dell 2407fpw, run it at 1920x1200 with all effects enabled except very high anti-aliasing, and find that a SINGLE Ati x1900xt is adequate. Worst frame rates in FEAR were around 30fps. Getting two cards would be nice in my situation but not necessary. Better to avoid the potential problems with SLI or Crossfire, and also to wait for the DX10 cards before committing a lot of money to the graphics.

If a single card can drive games at 1920x1200, why would you need SLI for gaming at something like 1024x768?
November 4, 2006 10:38:35 PM

Damn right. An E6300 and a 7900GS should be good for gaming with your monitor. My older pc has Pentium D 820 2.8Ghz and a 7800GT, 1280x1024 resolution and high quality on BF2 and still manages 60-80fps on single player mode. So with that an E6300/7900GS rig should run any game today with good quality and performance.
November 4, 2006 10:39:44 PM

yes, not to mention the oc possibilities 8)
November 4, 2006 10:52:11 PM

You should change your avatar to Borat, since you were using Ali G.
November 4, 2006 10:53:50 PM

lol, no man, i'm an asslover now.
:cry:  :cry:  :cry:  Mod made me change my 'erotic hooters' avatar :cry:  :cry:  :cry: 
November 4, 2006 11:43:32 PM

Oh well. But how did you do that signature thingie that changes?
November 4, 2006 11:48:30 PM

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Oh well. But how did you do that signature thingie that changes?


The Userbar Animator
You got 10 userbars max, choose from archive, then select Transition Effects(if any) and time to pause on each userbar
November 5, 2006 12:06:42 AM

You could also do it in ImageReady like me
November 5, 2006 12:10:44 AM

Had one, but I keep maxing out the bandwidth. Now I go with links a a typical clever phrase that demeans some poor sap out there.

.....If I may ask, what the fcuk does this have to do with gaming CPU's?
November 5, 2006 12:12:45 AM

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.....If I may ask, what the fcuk does this have to do with gaming CPU's?

yes you may, Chuckshissle asked a question and i answered :lol: 
November 5, 2006 12:14:56 AM

.... we can never stay on track can we?
November 5, 2006 12:16:09 AM

you know how it is, i like to help people :lol:  8)
November 5, 2006 12:19:45 AM

Either that or we're completely nuts and this is a physical manifestation by means of electronic media of both our horrible schizophrenia and uber ADHD
November 5, 2006 12:20:28 AM

LOL
November 5, 2006 1:30:37 AM

Quote:
The GPU is going to be a
eVGA e-GeForce 7900 GS 256MB PCI-E w/ Dual DVI, HDTV-Out (x2)

But i figured the E6300 would be the best, now i just gotta figure out the overclocking side of things.


instead of two of these 7900 gs cards why not get 1 card (maybe better than 7900 gs) and step up to the 6400 or 6600 c2d processor
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