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Intel or Amd System - Pure Gaming Machine

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August 7, 2007 9:03:35 AM


Hey guys, I've been debating this for a while now and I really can't decide. Building a machine based on AMD makes really fiancial sense right now and also reading an article from Anandtechhttp://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/intel/showdoc.aspx?i=3012 convinced me that AMD are still able to punch out decent numbers. So I was thinking on 2 builds based on AMD and Intel.

I play a few games alot , BF2, COH, HL2, Overlord stuff like that and I like having all the settings on high with AA/AF etc. the crucial point is I use a 19" monitor and 1280x1064 and I have no plans to upgrade it.

I will be keeping my current graphics card for a little while, which is a x1900 GT that's overclocked to 560core and 735mem (if I remember correctly) My current machine is a Sk939 4000+ Single core, San Diago with 2gb memory on a Asus a8rmvp its a pretty poor overclocker though.

so the AMD system

AMD AM2 Athlon 64 5600+ Dual Core 2.8GHz, 2x 1MB Cache £93.28 http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=535754
Gigabyte GA M55S-S3, NF550, S AM2, PCI-E (x16), £47.13 http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=448647
2GB (2x1GB) CorsairTwinX XMS2, DDR2 PC2-6400 CAS 4-4-4-12 £77.54 http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=402849

So that's a total of £217.95

I was thinking of saving myself a few quid and just overclocking the 5600 to 6000 speeds, a 200mhz increase should be easy to get.

OR

Do I possibly do the more 'senisble' thing and go Intel?

Again my graphics card will be kept. The memory is slightly different but I could also use that memory in the AMD system if it's different.

Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 "LGA775 Allendale" 1.80GHz £75.19 I'm sure you don't need an link to this CPU hehe
G.Skill 2GB DDR2 HK PC2-6400C4 (2x1GB) CAS4 Dual Channel Kit £88.11 http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MY-020-GS
Gigabyte GA_P35C_DS3R £82.24 http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB-086-GI

Total of £245.54 My thoughts were that I would get a decent 'future proof' motherboard and a cheapy core2 processor to get me onto that socket type, also I know that those CPU's can have a serious overclock on it, but right out of the box the AMD system is already fast and its cheap. So which one would you guys recommend? If you have any better components to recommend please tell me. It's quite tempting to stick with my current machine but got some money to spend and its burning a hole.


August 7, 2007 10:50:27 AM

defitnitely get the intel E4300 with P35C DS3R (or ASUS P5KC, which has same features but cheaper )

why ?

1_E4300 OC's awesome , one of the best OCers
2_If u get P35C DS3R , u can have both DDR2 and DDR3 ,and also u can put 45nm CPU's (penryn) in it and also it MAY (According to rumors) support PCI-E

also that AMD looks good , but if i were i would get a E4300 and OC it ,
August 7, 2007 10:51:19 AM

why not just get a 939-4400+ processor for around £80?
more than enough horsepower for gaming well in to next year, GPU is far more important than CPU, I'm still running a 4000+ hooked up to an 8800GTS-640 and I run e.g. BF2142, GRAW2 and more at a constant 60+fps

if you're looking to spend £2-300 on an upgrade, graphics card will give more of a boost right now than a CPU upgrade

I'm considering moving to an LGA775 system in a few months, but only because I'm moving country and it's impractical for me to take my whole PC with me (just taking my graphics card and selling my old system before I go)
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August 7, 2007 11:08:35 AM

Well, the way I see it, although keeping my current machine as is, tbh its actually alright.... however, I'm stuck on the Radeon Xpress Chipset and Skt 939. So I was thinking about looking into get an Nvida card but that's not going to be too happy in that motherboard?
August 7, 2007 11:25:33 AM

miffy said:
Well, the way I see it, although keeping my current machine as is, tbh its actually alright.... however, I'm stuck on the Radeon Xpress Chipset and Skt 939. So I was thinking about looking into get an Nvida card but that's not going to be too happy in that motherboard?


It'll be fine, it makes no difference.

I have a 7600GT in my new build with an AMD 690V chipset, the comp didn't blow up
August 7, 2007 12:11:32 PM

Miffy

Its a common mistake a lot of people make thinking that the mobo makes a difference to your choice of video card. Its completly irrelevant. In fact I read an article recently (might have been on Anands dont remember) were they tested if any performance can be gained by using the same chipset manufacturer as garphics card manufacturer.

The results showed ATI cards getting more fps on Nvidia chipsets and vice versa with Intel beating the pair of them.LOL. We're only talking 1 or 2 fps here so nothing much.

As for cpu overclockers.co.uk have 3800x2's skt939 in stock at the moment for only £40. They overclock to 2.8ghz with ease. That will last you at least another one and half years. Or use the money you have saved to buy a new graphics card. 8800gts 320mb is a bargin and ideal for the games you play. If you want a little more power 2900xt is good buy.

The Intel option is good but if you are going to overclock why spend £245 when you can spend £40. Personally I think the AMD options are the better ones. One because its cheap the other because it requires less effort except for the fact that you read this extremely long reply in the process.
August 7, 2007 12:35:21 PM

my motherboard is a Radeon xpress based micro ATX board and I have no problems with my 8800
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