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Athlon 2600+ vs. Pentium 4 2.53

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February 17, 2003 1:46:24 PM

Hello everybody. I just had a quick question, and it's about an upcoming system that I'm getting (may be as early as today if I 'm lucky). First off I'd like to note it is fom either Compaq or HP (don't laugh quite yet.... ok now you can). Choice is either between these two (a little flexibility, as their are "Creation Station" ones).
both have: 512mb ram (PC 2700 for Pentium 4, 2100 for Athlon), 120/80gb hard drive (7200rpm), some cheapo speakers, and an integrated sound card (Sound Blaster Live 5.1 value for an extra 30)...

Pentium 4 2.53 ghz has a GeForce 4 ti4200.

Athlon 2600+ has a Radeon 9700 Pro (or more like you could add it for an extra 300 or so...)

Both end up being almost the same price (Athlon is about 40 more expensive, but also comes with the cool slots on the front to put your digital camera media in).

I know the Athlon would perform better in games because of the gfx card, but how about in everyday things? Much of a difference? And if I did overclock, what could I expect of either?

That's about it for now. Any input is appreciated. Don't know the mobo's of either (will ask when we buy), but hopefully it isn't something like a KT333.


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February 19, 2003 2:53:54 AM

The amd system would own that one.

Basically, the only time you would notice the difference is in gaming practically, where the videocard comes in.

word dosent need 2ghz+ to run instantly.

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February 19, 2003 10:04:07 AM

The Athlon 2600+ with the Radeon 9700 Pro is your only choice. The only thing I don't understand is why you would go with PC2100.

Actually the other thing I don't understand is why you would go with HP or Compaq. That's a mistake.

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February 20, 2003 11:21:25 PM

Lol, if only I couldn build my own. My dad doesn't like the idea of my building a computer (even though I'm sure I could). The only thing I can do is make it as good as possible. Can't change it to anything other than PC2100, and I'd have a hard time explaining the need for PC2700 on a 133mhz FSB computer (it's the 2.16ghz Athlon, not the 166mhz FSB 2.03 or whatever it was). We ended up going for the Athlon, I figured I'd just ask in case somebody wanted to try to prove me wrong. I know some people were saying that the rating system has been getting more lenient towards not being quite right with the newer processors. Just making sure there wouldn't really be much of a difference.

And also to say ha!! to all those people with measly GeForce 4's....

It's actually a fairly decent computer, and for just over $1000, not extremely overpriced (by OEM standards, at least). Now I just need to look for a fairly cheap 15" flat panel, and I'll be set.

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February 21, 2003 9:46:43 AM

HP, Compaq Whew. Your getting a lot less that way in my opinion. I hope that you don't plan on pushing, or adding anything to a rig like that. Not to mention all the basterdized BS you'll have to live with using their OS's. Don't ever plan on doing a clean install unless you buy a real OS. I won't work on them anymore because of what I listed above. That's just my $.02 on it.

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