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Athlon and DDR3 or E8400 and DDR2

Last response: in Systems
January 27, 2012 5:24:41 PM

I cannot decide which system is better; I would appreciate it if someone could shed some light.

I have two systems and don't know which will perform better in multitasking (internet browsers, youtube, other torrent files and HD video, of course; Not interested in video encoding or decoding nor overclocking.

1. Athlon X2 240 @2800 with 2 Mb level 2 cache, Asus Mobo with 4 GB DDR3 dual channel, GeForce 9400 GT, 160 GB SATA1 HDD and Win 7 64 bit

2. Intel E8400 @ 3000 with 6 Mb level 2 cache, Asus Mobo with 3 GB DDR2 (2+1 GB), GeForce 8500 GT, 500 GB HDD SATA 2 and win 7 32 bit.

I am currently using the second configuration and have no problem with it whatsoever, although I wonder how the second would perform considering the DDR3 dual channel.


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a c 122 B Homebuilt system
January 27, 2012 5:41:56 PM

Put 4 GB of RAM into the Intel system so it can run dual channel, and I would say the Intel system would be a little more powerful.

Right now, I'd say they are pretty equal.
a b B Homebuilt system
January 27, 2012 7:06:24 PM

The X2 would perform better in multi-tasking but not by much.
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January 27, 2012 7:36:24 PM

intel e8400 all the way,

You can overclock it easy with stock heatsink to 3.6 ghz !!!!

+1 dual channel.

Although you might want to change your video card ; 8500 gt is pretty low en. you can put 50 $ and get a 9600 from newegg os something
January 27, 2012 7:39:32 PM

OR try and pick up a 5570?
January 28, 2012 4:20:06 AM

Well, I'll try to find 4 GB in dual channel for the intel system and I'll just hold on to the video card as i'm not a gamer of any kind.

a b B Homebuilt system
January 28, 2012 4:47:14 AM

The Intel system should be a little faster. It's not worth it to find good DDR2 RAM so you can overclock it though. Without overclocking you won't really notice any difference though.