looking at the 720 BE and the 925 for a gaming/multimedia rig mostly gaming. will buy when nvidia releases GTX 300 series cards in hopes of 5850 prices falling. will be for a ddr3 system. haven't been able to find benchmarks for 925. current games include Bioshock, Warhammer DoW 2, looki at AvP when it comes out, Bioshock 2 as well, maybe crysis. price difference is $40.
i do not edit video, most i do w/ music is move it it onto computers then onto mp3 player. will not be using auto cad pro E or Softworks on this computer.
any links to 925 benchmarks would be greatly appreciated
budget for board, memory, processor,cooler, and video card is 550, maybe 600 to 650, but i'm really aiming for 550 or under. i'm looking at newegg compusa/tigerdirect, and frys electronics. not sure if the fourth core is worth the extra 40 for most games and apps as the 720 has an unlocked multiplier for a high core clock and a lot of games don't fully utilize multiple threads.
Pentium 3 or Athlon 450 MHz or higher
128MB RAM or higher
1.3 GB hard disk space
4X CD-ROM drive or greater
16 Bit DirectX 8 compatible sound card
16MB DirectX 8 compatible D3D video card
# CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo processor
# System RAM: 2GB
# Video card:
DX9: Direct X 9.0c compliant video card with 512MB RAM (NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GT or better)
DX10: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 or better
# Sound Card: Sound Blaster® X-Fi™ series (Optimized for use with Creative Labs EAX ADVANCED HD 4.0 or EAX ADVANCED HD 5.0 compatible sound cards)
CPU - Intel Core 2 Duo processor / AMD Athlon X2
System RAM - 3GB/4GB
Video card - DX9 - Direct X 9.0c compliant video card with 512MB RAM (NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT or better) / DX10 - NVIDIA GeForce 8800 or better
Sound Card - Sound Blaster X-Fi series (Optimized for use with Creative Labs EAX ADVANCED HD 4.0 or EAX ADVANCED HD 5.0 compatible sound cards)
Windows XP SP2 or Windows Vista SP1
AMD Athlon 64×2 4400+ or any Intel Core 2 Duo
2 GB RAM (XP and Vista)
A 256MB Video Card (Shader Model 3) – Nvidia GeForce 7800 GT / ATI X1900, or equivalent
5.5 GB of Hard Drive space
Sure the PSU is overkill, but it's a combo deal and you wouldn't have to upgrade it again even if you get the HD 5850(500W) or even HD 5970 (650W). I don't know which specific chipset you want for overclocking the cpu. If you want a better board:
Gen-speak, the OS will optimize available cores. If the software is optimized for quads, it'll run better than those that's not. Only a handful of games are. And the majority of the software is video/audio encoding/decoding & 3D rendering.
Given that, the 720BE doesn't seem to be a good value. It's not quite apples to apples because the X4 is 125W TDP vs. the 95W TDP of the X3 but is that a concern? If it is, then I think the X4 925 or 945 is still a better value. I guess it depends on your OC requirements and your power requirements.