I'm looking to buy a "sweet spot" level system that is going to give me the most value/performance for my dollar today. I'm going to be doing about 70% gaming and the rest normal business application stuff.
I may try some light over-clocking but nothing extensive.
So here's my question... with all other components being equal....which one of these two CPU/mobo/memory platforms will give me the fastest overall performance?
1) AMD Athlon XP 2400+
ASUS A7N8X Deluxe
512kb Corsair XMS-3500 DDR
Since you are only using PC800 ram for the Intel system, the ram is going to be out of sync with the processor, unless you overclock the ram to accomodate. You should have PC1066 ram to accomodate a 533 Mhz FSB. With PC1066 RDRam, the Intel setup would have the performance edge.
Thus, given the specs that you named, the Athlon XP2400+ will have the performance edge.
However, since you may be overclocking, you will definitely want a good HSF(If not watercooling), and a good power supply. This will jack the price up a bit. And don't be surprised if you end up paying more for the AMD system than the Intel, due to this.
For overclocking...I would recommend Intel due to ease of overclocking.
For Gaming...I would recommend AMD due to FPU and IPC performance.
For multi-tasking...I would recommend Intel.
Since you will be gaming mostly, I would thus, overall, recommend the Athlon setup.
On a side note, just this last week, I had almost the same question brought to me by one of my customers, and they got the same reply.
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To get them around the same price, you should include PC1066 RDRAM, which is around the same price as PC3500 DDR SDRAM. And the processors are around the same price. So are the motherboards. The Intel CPU is far more overclockable though.
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