My new pc is mainly going to be used for gaming and I want to know which company makes a better processor for that purpose. I'm going all out on this pc, radeon 9800, at least a gig of ddr400 etc, which processor would suit me better?
They are both fine, you won't see much difference with either equivalent product. Go and look at some benchmarks here at Toms Hardware. Video Card is the most important component in a gaming rig.
In my opinion the opinion if you have the money to burn and it is a lot of money, go with an Intel P4 3.0GHzC or wait for the 3.2GHz or overclock a 2.4C. If you are on a budget then nothing beats AMD in Price/Performance in the low end area but in the high end prices are similar.
I would have to say that Intel is definatly better for games. I currently have an AMD with 512 ram and the ati 9700 pro and I will never buy another amd again. I came from a pentium and switched to an amd because my friends were telling me how much better amd was especially for gameing. From what I have learned the main reason people say that amd is better is because it is cheaper and you can then spend the money you saved on a better video card, but if your getting the best all around then I would definatly go with an intel. Especially if you go with the intel C.
TO be perfectly honest either processors will handle games equally well. Having said that, Intel is the King of performance at the moment. Unless you plan on getting a top of the line Intel I'd suggest an AMD processor backed by an Nforce2 motherboard to get the most bang for your dollar.
It appears the 3.2c's are making an appearance on pricewatch now (shipping est 5/23 I believe). That would be the fastest chip available... runs about 750$. Make sure you get a i875p board (ic7-g, p4c800, etc). Make sure your ram is dual ddr and don't get the ll ram just move it down manually from bios... some issues with the ll ram occasionally. If you are aiming at dead top end the fx5900 ultra is currently it (not avail for another week or so probally) by a bit of a margin. Onward! Let us know your final pc when you finish it up
xbitlabs- p4 (3dmark03) axp (3dmark01, ut m, ut:flyby, ss) [also note: pentium memory timings were worse than amd timings...]
hardocp- p4 (q3a, jk2, 3dmarkse2001, comanche4) axp (ss) Tied (ut)
hexus- p4 (3dmark01se, c4, ss2, q3a, ut:botmatch, ut:flyby) axp ()
gamersdepot p4 (jk2, c4, 3dmark03) axp (ut:flyby, 3dmark01)
techreport (q3a, 3dmark across board, ut:botmatch, ut:flyby) axp (ss)
anandtech- p4 (ut:botmatch, q3a, jk2, c4) axp (ut:flyby) [most of these NO axp broke the top 5...]
Son, got some news for ya... if that's "winning" the majority in games... I wanna be a looser. Also be aware of the testing criteria, amd was suggesting making system mods that basically pooch your system for any expansion purposes. Did xbitlabs do those mods? Toms cited them and turned down doing the mods... could that be why toms was so different from the other sites (xbitlabs?) that you read? hmm...