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Thread: AMD or Intel for ULTIMATE PC!




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    I just wanted to know: since I've been an AMD user for a while because of the prices of the processors and motherboards, but now I have an opportunity to buy very high end hardware. My dilemma is this: should I go to Intel or AMD for the fastest processors. I know the AMD 64 just came out and Intel is going to release their "extreme" processor, so my brain just hurts even harder thinking of decisions. I just want to know which ones are more overclockable, value priced, and highest end. Thanks!

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    If you are going for whats available right now, an Intel 2.4c would get you the fastest system.

    If you want to go all out......build an A64 or Intel Prescott system. While we don't know much about these yet, I would be willing to bet the Prescott will be able to beat the A64. You may want to hold off a little bit until its released in November (I think) to see what happens.

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    Also use a mobo that's i865 or i875 based but not one made by Intel themselves.

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    if money isn't an object, then the ultimate system would be dual Opteron 248 :)

    uniprocessor, probably like others have already suggested, wait a little bit and see how the prescott performs although an athlon64 FX wouldn't be a bad choice

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    Dual Opteron wouldnt be that great since its gonna be desktop use not workstation. Since desktop haven't use the multithread tech yet it wouldn't give a performance boost. I think the 2.4 would be nice. :cheers:
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    The OS itself is multi-threaded...

    but i'm getting off-topic... thats a discussion suitable for another thread :)

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    .......
    CPU: Opteron 165 @ 311x9 - 2817.8 mhz - 1.47v
    Mobo: Abit KN8-SLI
    RAM: 2x512 Crucial Ballistic Tracers500 @ 202 mhz 2-2-2-5 T1
    GFX: Asus EAX1950pro @ 648/1408
    PSU: Thermaltake 500w
    SC: Audigy 2 zs
    LCD: 22' Samsung 225bw
    Speakers: Klipsch ProMedia 5.1 Ultra
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    XP has had multi threading support ever since it was introduced years ago. Pentium 4 systems already benefeit from HT (and have for a while now).

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    P4C's are GOLDEN for performance man, i take my 2.4 to about 3.33-3.4 EVERY DAY with a 1100+bus...a 2.8Ghz could be taken to 3.6-4Ghz easy man...board+chip+ram it only cost me about $450...:cheers: :cheers:
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    FYI they all reach the same speeds. The 2.4 will make it to 3.6 just the same as the 2.8, but it will be faster because of the much higher bus speed. Chilled they make it to 4ghz, and if you go really crazy on the chilling (-120c) you can get 4.2-4.3 out of them.

    The more expensive processors do not overclock any better than the lower ones, except for when you step up to the 3.2. That one, at the extremes, has hit 5ghz.

    3.6 is the limit on air cooling, and it won't be usable as it will be running way too hot. And for that you need really good air cooling, for example a Thermalright SP94 + 92mm Tornado.

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