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Thread: Upgrading my CPU




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    Default Upgrading my CPU

    I currently have a P4 2.8GHz. I'm looking to change my CPU because I need a new mobo that supports pci-e. Should I stick with Intel or go with AMD?

    What's a comparable or better Athlon CPU to my current CPU? I would like to spend about $250 or less.

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    Default Re: Upgrading my CPU

    it depends on what you are going to use your pc for, at the moment AMD chips are better gaming chips but if you do a lot of video editing etc Pentium is the way to go
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    Default Re: Upgrading my CPU

    No, it doesn't even matter if it's video encoding. Athlon 64s win in video encoding at all price ranges, especially if dual-core is to be used.

    Did you want to spend $250 on the CPU or the CPU and motherboard?

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    Default Re: Upgrading my CPU

    I use my computer mostly for video editing/encoding, photoshop, illustrator, Maya, gaming, surfing the net, music, almost everything.

    $250 for just CPU.

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    Default Re: Upgrading my CPU

    I'd suggest you consider raising you budget to just over $300 so you can get a dual-core CPU, which will help in some of your applications and in any multitasking.

    However, at you current budget, you'd be best off getting an Athlon 64 3700 with a San Diego core. In many applications (mostly gaming, though) it will actually outperform the more-expensive, dual-core CPU. Though that difference would be lessened greatly if you overclocked.

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