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P4 3.2C versus P4 3.2 Extreme?

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May 20, 2004 4:52:16 AM

Hello all,

I am trying to decide whether to purchase a Pentium 4 3.2GHz Extreme Edition chip, or go with the cheaper Pentium 4 3.2C (the regular chip).

I am a gamer, and want the best performance I can get, but at the same time, if the difference between the two isn't huge, then I would probably go with the regular chip.



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May 20, 2004 5:37:58 AM

If you got a lot of money to blow away, and you're a gamer then get the Athlon64 FX53, if you don't need the best of the best, willing to pay half and get 95% of the performance, then then Athlon64 3400+ is the best chip. Intel isn't ideal for gaming compare to the Athlon64 chips.

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May 20, 2004 8:43:50 AM

Agree with scottchen. If gaming is the only consideration, and you're actually willing to fork out for an EE chip, then an Athlon FX is the way to go.

Or if you have to stick to intel, you could probably actually get higher performance with a P4 2.8 overclocked to 3.2-3.4Ghz & paired with some fast RAM, than with the 3.2EE. and it would cost a whole lot less.

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May 20, 2004 9:48:30 AM

Tom says a Dual Xeon 2.8 system would be better, but the benchmarks leave room for a lot of interpretations. I have to agree, if you're an Intel fanboy read<A HREF="" target="_new">this article</A> about the Xeon and EE comparison.

If you are a practical man, then get the Athlon FX-53, it's the best chip yet for gaming. Even if you are an Intel fanboy, consider the <A HREF="" target="_new">Athlon FX option</A>.
May 20, 2004 12:50:04 PM

If you`r in to gaming, AMD is the way to go, beside, that P4 is hot as hell !
You dont want such a overheating thing in your system, AMD has cool and quit, you can let the cooler fall out when your surfing ore watching a movie.
And beside, in a few months Windows XP 64 bit comes out, that will give you extra performence in gaming, AMD is ready for it, Intel not.
AMD is the way to go, unles you`r a die hard intel fanboi, go intel !

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May 20, 2004 9:28:27 PM

intel has a beautifull name.

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