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More Ram Vs Better CPU?

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November 12, 2006 8:48:36 PM

Alright so i got to thinking.

Set in Stone:
PCI-E x16 BFG 7600gt
XCLIO GOODPOWER 500W ATX 500W Power Supply

Now for the tricky part.

I could get

AMD Athlon 64 3800+ Venice
G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200)
BIOSTAR TForce6100-939

total shipped- $384.68


G.SKILL 1GB (2 x 512MB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300)
ASUS P5L-VM 1394 Socket T (LGA 775)
Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Conroe

total shipped- $381.91

Which would you go for? or a better combo for 385 or less? Yes i will oc some but not alot and i will play video games such as command and conquer 3 and bf2142

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November 12, 2006 8:54:18 PM

I will go with the E6300.
November 12, 2006 8:55:47 PM

I will go with the E6300.

any reasoning behind this decision?
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November 12, 2006 9:03:02 PM

there is some benefit to 2 gig of ram but the 6300 is a much more powerfull CPU, it can reach 5000+(selected benchmark, more like 4200/4400) level in performance.

Now adding 1 more gig of ram is really easy, DDRIII platform should come out next year, so a year or so from now, you might be able to get some really inexpensive ram.

The Core 2 Duo being a much better platform you should be fine.
November 12, 2006 9:04:27 PM

I will go with the E6300.

any reasoning behind this decision?

Dual Core/ better CPU/better Architecture and Faster Ram(less yes, but better RAM)
November 12, 2006 9:18:03 PM

I will go with the E6300.

any reasoning behind this decision?
1. The E6300 has twice computing potentionals than the 3800+. If you overclock both, than the performance difference will be higher.
2. 1GB is enough to run every game available today. The benefit of the second GB of RAM is for caching files and other stuff, so the loading of the levels in the games will be faster.
3. You can add another GB of RAM latter, without replacing anything and without loosing money. If you want to upgrade your 3800+ latter, you'll have to sell your old CPU for less money. Also the s939 X2 CPUs are expencive(compared to sAM2) and there is no X2 CPU that can offer the same performance/price factor as E6300.
November 12, 2006 9:23:43 PM

I will go with the E6300.

any reasoning behind this decision?Bring up the performance tab in WinXP Task Manager. Look at your Peak Commit Charge. Is it near or over 1GB? How about your current loading? Some programs, or combinations of programs like to see a 2GB system. Most of the time, 1GB is plenty. An E6300 is faster than a 3800+.
November 12, 2006 9:28:36 PM

thanks guys, just playing out scenarios before i buy, you know how it is.

core 2 duo setup it is.
November 12, 2006 9:38:13 PM

yes the c2d is the way to go.