CPU Confusion

I am considering purchasing a bare bones system. I intend to put in an 8800GTX so obviously the system will be used for gaming, which is pretty much all I do (I run the game and usually Ventrilo in the background).

I have essentially ruled out AMD and am focusing on Intel.

For gaming, which CPU is better: A Pentium D Model 945 (3.4GHz/2MB Cache) or a Core2 Duo Model E6300 (1.86GHz/1066MHz FSB)? (Is the lowest Core2 Duo better than one of the highest Pentium dual cores?)

This is essentially where my price point sits. I like the mobo because it supports Core2 Duo's as well so I can upgrade later when I can.
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  1. Dude -- that question is so lame. sorry not to be insulting.

    the pentium is no comparison its hot and slow - its not bad. but the c2d is sleeek and fast!

    amd x2 is better value then the p4 - in the low end

    if your going to build a good gaming rig set your e6600 to 1500fsb for 3.37ghz at 1.4v plus or minus 1/2v. use ddr 800 at 4-3-4-10 and 2.1v-2.2v
    mushkin is good it runs those specs at 2.1v
    patriot 4-4-4-12 can be pushed as can corsair
  2. Just finished reviewing Anandtech.com benchmarks of the 4300. They put it against a Pentium D 945 and at stock speeds the 4300 was always ahead of the PD 945. And if you do any kind of overclocking of the 4300 it will leave the PD 945 choking in the dust.

    EDIT: Linkage! This is the start of the benchmarks in the article. The green bar is the 4300, the red bar is the overclocked 4300, the Pentium D 945 is one of the blue bars.

    http://anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/intel/showdoc.aspx?i=2903&p=3
  3. Go with the E4300. Even if the motherboard doesn't support overclocking, you still may be able to get the chip up to 2.4 ghz, which will make it more powerful then the most powerful Pentium chip out there, I'd be willing to wager.
  4. Core 2 Duo, No contest!
  5. Nice welcome for a new member....

    When you get a new neighbour, I suppose you greet them wearing your trusty side arm...
  6. Quote:
    I am considering purchasing a bare bones system. I intend to put in an 8800GTX so obviously the system will be used for gaming, which is pretty much all I do (I run the game and usually Ventrilo in the background).

    I have essentially ruled out AMD and am focusing on Intel.

    For gaming, which CPU is better: A Pentium D Model 945 (3.4GHz/2MB Cache) or a Core2 Duo Model E6300 (1.86GHz/1066MHz FSB)? (Is the lowest Core2 Duo better than one of the highest Pentium dual cores?)

    This is essentially where my price point sits. I like the mobo because it supports Core2 Duo's as well so I can upgrade later when I can.
    As all have said the E4300 is the clear choice. The 945D hangs with the E4300 in many apps, but as soon as you get to gaming...it(945D) pretty-much nose-dives. GL :)
  7. Quote:
    I am considering purchasing a bare bones system. I intend to put in an 8800GTX so obviously the system will be used for gaming, which is pretty much all I do (I run the game and usually Ventrilo in the background).

    I have essentially ruled out AMD and am focusing on Intel.

    For gaming, which CPU is better: A Pentium D Model 945 (3.4GHz/2MB Cache) or a Core2 Duo Model E6300 (1.86GHz/1066MHz FSB)? (Is the lowest Core2 Duo better than one of the highest Pentium dual cores?)

    This is essentially where my price point sits. I like the mobo because it supports Core2 Duo's as well so I can upgrade later when I can.

    If you don't OC, it's not so good that you have dumped an AMD alternative, because right now, the X2 5000+ goes for about the same price of the E4300 (~$160) but performs like an E6400.
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