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Budget PC: Intel e5200 or AMD 5400+

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September 17, 2008 11:14:45 PM

Hi, I'm upgrading an old PC and I'm working with a pretty limited budget. Right now, I'm divided between using the Intel e5200 and the AMD 5400+ as the processor. The price difference is minor, but I'm not sure how they compare in terms of overall performance. Which one would you guys go with?

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September 17, 2008 11:27:36 PM

both chips are similar in performance. However the e5200 is better at over clocking and has a higher l2 cache. Also the 5400 is still 65nm tech. so its older. It really depends the e5200 hundred in missing some features . it is missing visualization technology i dont know if you were looking at that and also it has like a limiter so that you can only over clock to around roughly 300 fsb regardless of MB or memory. However the e5200 is still a little bit better than the 5400+ overall.
September 18, 2008 1:58:20 AM

Actually I think the E5200 has virtualization, unless Newegg got their specs wrong: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Anyhow, I'd agree with Sable, the E5200 is better, in terms of overall performance I'd say it'd be around 10 - 15% quicker, but the gap grows if you overclock.
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September 18, 2008 2:02:48 AM

the e5200 is a better choice if OCing, but newegg has a crazy combo deal with the 5400 BE...get an antec sonata with a 500w psu and get a 5400BE for free...pretty hard to beat...
September 18, 2008 2:11:50 AM

ahslan said:
the e5200 is a better choice if OCing, but newegg has a crazy combo deal with the 5400 BE...get an antec sonata with a 500w psu and get a 5400BE for free...pretty hard to beat...


It is a sweet combo.
I would get the combo and just sell the 5400BE on CraigsList or Ebay :>
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