i am currently deciding between p4 3ghz northwood and amd athlon 64 3200+ newcastle processors. i am hard core gamer but study architecture as well. i want to play new games and also run acad, 3ds max and photoshop like apps. from what i read amd is better with games and p4 with 3d and acad apps. i cant decide because games and architecture are both my big hobbies. please help.
amd athlon xp 2000+
512 mb ram
gigabite radeon 9800 pro
Stick a top graphics card in that P4 rig and you'll play any game just fine. Stick some nice memory in the Newcastle rig and you can encode anything fast. You probably won't notice the difference between the two CPU's in everyday use. Six of one, a half dozen of the other. I would have to give a slight edge to the A64 in all around performance.
Abit IS7 - 2.8C @ 3.4ghz - Mushkin PC4000 (2 X 512) - Sapphire 9800Pro - TT 420 watt Pure Power
Samsung 120gb ATA-100 - Maxtor 40gb ATA - 100
Sony DRU-510A - Yellowtail Merlot
Socket 939 is here to stay a long time, you can easely upgrade in the future.
Also i think when Windows64 bit comes out in a few months you get a speed boost, you can not install windows64 on a P4(not yet)
Toms Hardware Site is a joke !
Looks like intel spent more on bribing reviewers to cover up it aint that great than they did in R&D, you know what im talking about Tom !