this mainly pertains to the graphics on these machines but i also am questioning the overall systems. i have looked around and couldn't find a definitive answer of which graphics card is better. i would also like to know which is a better overclocker. Im trying to keep these systems close to $1000. Any questions or comments will be appreciated.
also, whats the difference between the 2600 and the 2600 xt? is only clock speed? i was lookin gon notebookcheck and they both have the same # of transistors and codename. the only difference was the clock speed. Also of interest, the 2600 got smoked by the 8600 gt and the xt smoked the 8600 gt. what to do?
At the resolutions you are playing at, the CPU would play a pretty big role. So yes, it would matter for your frame rate. I think I would still stick with the Intel machine. And as far as I know the only difference between the 2600's is clock speed.
i ended up getting the AMD. tl-60 with the hd 2600. it was super cheap and i had to keep the price under 900. my final setups had a 1.6 intel vs. the 2.0 tl-60. thats why i took the amd. Another influence on my decision was that the AMD had a full keyboard with numberpad, while the intel based machine did not. thanks for your input guys!
I would be stunned if either of those would pull medium crysis smoothly - mine barely can with a T7600 and a Go 7950GTX. They should be fine on half life though, with maybe some detail turned down on Ep. 2.
I do have 1920x1200, but for Crysis, my normal settings are high physics, medium everything else at 1280x800, because that's the highest resolution it can pull it at (it's very close to playable at 1680x1050 since 1.2.1). If you turn shaders to low, it speeds up a ton though - you should be able to pull it with all medium except that.