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Comparing 2 processors...

By nod25
Jun 27, 2007
  1. I'm planning to build a new gaming PC, and I'm currently doing my research.

    Which one of these would be the better choice if I want to play high quality demanding games with great fps, response time, and little lag?

    AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103773

    or

    Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115003

    They are both about the same price, and both may perform similar. Which would any of you hardcore gamers out there suggest?

    I'm probably going to go with the Intel Core 2 Duo. If this is the best choice, what then mobo-wise would be good to look at? I do want to get an SLI mobo in case I want to buy a second video card in the future and put it in there.

    Graphics card = GeForce 8800GTX (unless other suggestions)
     
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    You have to put the motherboard and the video card(s) into the equation here.
     
  3. nod25

    nod25 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Mobo will be based on the processor I get. I want it to be SLI featured, so in the future will have the option of adding another video card. Depending on how things look today with these processors (Intel Core 2 Duo, me thinking is better) what mobo would be good to go with?

    Graphics card = GeForce 8800GTX (more than likely unless there are other suggestions)
     
  4. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,039   +9

    I'd say get the Core2Duo, and overclock the hell out of it. They seem to be made for overclocking, and they'll eat any AMD CPUs for breakfast once overclocked.

    Be prepared to spend some money on cooling equipment. If you want to compare at the same price range, getting an E6420 and spending the money saved on third-party cooling, and then overclocking it to 3.2ghz or more will perform far better than than the X2 6000+.
     
  5. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    the CPU is only a small part of the equation. The Graphics card and RAM are the most important consideration.

    Go to tomshardware.com and read their reviews.
     
  6. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,039   +9

    Hmm.... If you'd ask me to choose between putting money into CPU or RAM, I'd say CPU really. There's only so much you can spend on the RAM.

    Also, he's already getting the second fastest GPU out there today, so thats out of the equation.

    Just make sure you pick up at least 2gb of 800mhz RAM (assuming you're sticking with DDR2). DDR3 is too new a technology today, and with all new technologies, still unstable. We'll probably jump on that bandwagon later, but splurging for DDR3 will not show any considerable advantages over DDR2 for sometime.
     
  7. nod25

    nod25 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I realize that the cpu isn't the only part of the equation. I have been considering every single part of my computer in the "equation." I'm asking if it were a choice b/t those 2 processors, what would most of you hardcore gamers out there go with. These 2 processors are not the only thing I'm looking at splurging on in my computer "equation."

    Intel Core 2 Duo will more than likely be my choice. Now I'm going to look at some good high quality mobo's compattible with that processor. Any suggestions? I will more than likely be putting 4 gb's (2 x 2 gb modules) in there. More than likely will be Crucial or Kingston modules (probably Crucial).
     
  8. nod25

    nod25 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    What is the 1st fastest GPU out today?
     
  9. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,388

    Geforce 8800 Ultra. Costs around $700. Is just slightly faster than the 8800GTX.
     
  10. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 710

  11. nickc

    nickc TechSpot Paladin Posts: 923   +11

    The Intel Core 2 Duo E6800 Conroe would be faster.
     
  12. nod25

    nod25 TS Rookie Topic Starter

  13. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    nickc, GPU != CPU.
     
  14. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,039   +9


    That was so ridiculously funny I literally burst out laughing.....

    Not only he is talking about the wrong thing, try looking for an E6800 out there. I know there are X6800, but E6800?

    And if we're talking raw power, you've still for the Quads to play with....

    LOL
     
  15. nod25

    nod25 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I've heard the DFI model might be better... Any comments?
     
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