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November 17, 2006 3:59:22 PM

Hey guys.
Im going to buy a new computer. I cant decide if I should choose Amd or Intel.


Sincerely
malka

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November 17, 2006 4:01:16 PM

Let the flames of hell pour in.

For a brand new, from scratch build or purchase, I highly recommend the Intel Core 2 Duo E6600. Plus, with this processor you'll have an upgrade path to Quad-Core when it becomes affordable.
November 17, 2006 4:02:15 PM

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Hey guys.
Im going to buy a new computer. I cant decide if I should choose Amd or Intel.


Sincerely
malka
Ellaborate. Intel. There do you want a one word answer, like your super-basic question? :x
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November 17, 2006 4:06:32 PM

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Hey guys.
Im going to buy a new computer. I cant decide if I should choose Amd or Intel.


Sincerely
malka


OK how much are you looking to spend?

I would say C2D if you plan to spend around 800-1k but if you are looking for less then that I might say X2 however if you aren't going to get a great video card then you might be able to get under 800 for a C2D.

Are you gaming or what?
November 17, 2006 4:16:36 PM

Im thinkin on spend 1k on my new computer. I will build it from scratch.
November 17, 2006 4:21:51 PM

Core 2 Duo E6600 - $311

Wait for prices to come down on a DX10 card, then I say go for it!
November 17, 2006 4:28:11 PM

Go with the C2D for sure. I just priced out a system and it was just under 1k for a E6300 and a ATI video card the one for 260 the XT version and if you aren't going to OC (I would OC for sure with the C2D) I would get a little better of a CPU like the E6400 or E6600 but it isn't need the E6300 is great.

Sorry cant remember the card right now will look it up soon!
November 17, 2006 4:43:06 PM

What are you going to do with this computer? 3D games? General office applications? Anything specific like AutoCAD or video editing?

Do you already own a monitor, KB, mouse? Another entire PC that you plan to gut?

How do you feel about overclocking?

Would you rather have a machine that is generally more flexible or that plays games as ast as possible?
November 17, 2006 4:48:14 PM

I have 2 x AMD and C2D system at home. Both are good product but were I to buy one today it would be C2D. My Athlon system was bought before the C2D was released but had I known how well C2D performs I would have waited for its release. That said, I am not disappointed in my AMD system.
November 17, 2006 4:49:10 PM

After seeing dozens of posts asking this same question... will someone answer this for me? As of today (Nov 17, 2006) under what circumstances would someone choose an AM2 system over a C2D system? I just don't see anywhere in the line-up where AMD holds an advantage at this point.
November 17, 2006 4:50:48 PM

When you are an AMD fan, prefer AMD, like AMD, and don't want an Intel system.
November 17, 2006 4:53:50 PM

I'm starting to get the feeling that this is a normal forum user just trying to start a flame war. I'm glad to see that his attempt wasn't successful.
November 17, 2006 4:57:34 PM

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If you're on a tight budget, AMD X2 3800+ will be better option.

Otherwise, Core 2 Duo is the way to go.


I agree but even on a tight budget you might be able to squeeze in a 6300.
November 17, 2006 4:58:57 PM

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After seeing dozens of posts asking this same question... will someone answer this for me? As of today (Nov 17, 2006) under what circumstances would someone choose an AM2 system over a C2D system? I just don't see anywhere in the line-up where AMD holds an advantage at this point.


As of right now if you are looking for a cheap CPU and you have a budget you cant go over and you would rather get a better GPU the CPU if you are a gamer.
November 17, 2006 4:59:47 PM

maybe an intel or amd employee trying to get feedback?
November 17, 2006 5:01:01 PM

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If you're on a tight budget, AMD X2 3800+ will be better option.

Otherwise, Core 2 Duo is the way to go.


I agree but even on a tight budget you might be able to squeeze in a 6300.

Unless you want to spend that money on a better GPU
November 17, 2006 5:08:16 PM

At $125 for a 7600, most people could.
November 17, 2006 5:11:51 PM

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At $125 for a 7600, most people could.


7600??
November 17, 2006 5:14:30 PM

Are you talking about the GPU 7600?
November 17, 2006 5:22:04 PM

No question. Get or build a system based around the Intel Core 2 Duo cpu.
November 17, 2006 5:31:54 PM

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maybe an intel or amd employee trying to get feedback?
Sharikoo under a new account?
November 17, 2006 5:42:02 PM

Yeah Im gonna use the Pc for new games and some C# programming.
November 17, 2006 6:17:01 PM

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If you're on a tight budget, AMD X2 3800+ will be better option.

Otherwise, Core 2 Duo is the way to go.


On NewEgg an X2-3800 is $175 and an E6300 is $181. Unless C2D motherboard prices are just out of control, it would seem those are in the same price range.

I could find the $6.
November 17, 2006 6:40:04 PM

Intel, no question. No longer does the X2 3800+ have a price advantage as it's only $11 less than the E6300 on newegg.
November 17, 2006 6:40:37 PM

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Im thinkin on spend 1k on my new computer. I will build it from scratch.


$1000 ... nice ... check the link on my siggy, mess around with stuffs ...

You could:

- toss in a 8800GTS instead of the X800GTO/7300GT I recommended, and you're still within budget. And it'd support DirectX10 too. :) 

- Or you could get a slightly better card, 7600GT, and get 2GB RAMs, and still stay within budget ... and wait for the DX10 GPU prices to drop and upgrade ...

- Or could even toss in a better PSU? Or DS3 motherboard instead for the extra RAID support, and solid state capacitor ... and toss in more HDD's ...

All those I mentioned above would still leave you within your budget, and you could always upgrade your processor in the future when they become affordable ... :)  Just use the guide as a reference, and choose parts wisely ...
November 17, 2006 8:17:06 PM

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After seeing dozens of posts asking this same question... will someone answer this for me? As of today (Nov 17, 2006) under what circumstances would someone choose an AM2 system over a C2D system? I just don't see anywhere in the line-up where AMD holds an advantage at this point.

Since I'm looking to upgrade sometime during the next 2-3 months or so, here's the answer I've come up with to this question. Feel free to rip it to shreds to further my education. :) 

Going with AMD AM2 probably makes the most sense if you're (1) primarily a gamer and (2) you're on such a tight budget that you are forced to go with a single-core processor. From what I think I've read, the AMD single-cores still beat out the Intel singe-cores, especially for gaming. (Yes? No?)

If you go with an AM2 single-core you have the option to upgrade to an AMD 65nm dual-core later in 2007. If you decide to go this route, then you probably also believe two things. One is that you'll have more money in 2007 (or whenever). You'd also have to believe (have faith) that the 65nm AMD dual-cores will significantly narrow the current performance gap with Core 2.

Of course, in my case this doesn't help me decide. For me dual core is a (personal) requirement. I already have a dual processor system, albeit a really, really lame one :oops: . There are aspects of having two CPUs that I just do not want to part with and so I won't "settle" for single-core even though it would save me money.

-john, the redundant legacy dinosaur
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