P4 vs Dual AMD

Hi All ...
I like to Build a stable System that I can use mainly for Video Editing and other Garphic things and some Games ...

and is there any MB use 8x AGP becuse I'm planing to use ATI Radeon 9700 ...
and is there Diffrent in Graphic Quality when I use (Dual MP at 4x) or (P4 at 8x) ????

I'm not into Overclocking and prise here is not important ...

MP 2200 Vs P4 2800 ... wich one is better

thank you very much for you all
Sarmad M. Azad
Førde, Norway
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  1. Sounds like a lot of your apps are going to be SMP-capable, so the dual AthlonMP would probably be a better deal.

    As for AGP8x, some of the latest SiS-based motherboards for the P4 sport AGP8x IIRC. I doubt AGP8x would make much difference anyways, though; we still aren't feeling the limits of AGP4x yet.

    Since price is not important, why not consider a dual P4 Xeon as well?

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  2. Buy Dual Athlon MP

    AGP 8X is not useful.

    Recommended Dual AMD mobo: MSI K7D Master (AMD 760MPX chipset)

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  3. I remain to be convinced in the effectiveness and efficiency of dual processors. They only seem worthwhile in mega-hyper companies with billions of dollars to spend, and who absolutely need to spend twice the money on the extra 3 percent performance.

    For video editing - get a stable motherboard (an intel 850 chipset should be perfect), RDRAM and a Pentium4 in the 2.5 Ghz range. Also make sure its a 533 FSB Pentium 4, not a 400 Mhz.
    Spend the extra money on the best, fastest hard drives (a RAID setup may interest you although i dont have personal experience) and smile with a comfortable, reliable and fast system.

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  4. Sarmad,

    I have no experience doing video editing, but for a long time I've known of a website that specializes in video editing hardware and software - <A HREF="http://www.videoguys.com" target="_new">http://www.videoguys.com</A>. Out of curiosity, I did a little poking around to see what they recommend. To be honest, they seem to imply that any high end system will be ok. But on this page <A HREF="http://www.videoguys.com/system.htm" target="_new">http://www.videoguys.com/system.htm</A> I did note this little comment:
    <font color=red><b>We highly recommend Intel's P4 processors.</font color=red></b>
    We feel that these systems offer you the highest level of performance and compatibility. We've found that our cards are easier to install on a P4 based system. Intel has also added a bunch of special performance enhancers to the P4 CPU and it's chipsets that give it outstanding performance for video editing.

    Video CODECs and non-linear editing software are being optimized for these new processors. Not only will they give you better performance, but they will encode dramatically faster into MPEG2 for DVD authoring and the various streaming CODECs. The latest P4 CPUs and chipsets (2.2 Ghz+) are so fast and optimized for multimedia that they are outperforming some dual Athlon Systems!!

    They also go on to say some good things about Athlons. If video editing is going to be your primary purpose, I suggest reading a lot of what they have to say. They've been at it for years. They also have good info on the other hardware you might need.
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