AMD 64 or Dual XEON

By UTKlein · 39 replies
Sep 30, 2003
  1. snowman

    snowman TS Rookie Posts: 183

  2. UTKlein

    UTKlein TS Rookie Topic Starter

    O.K. I have decided to go with the AMD. I think this is more future proof then the dual Xeon setup. Although I would like to say I have a dual processor system, but anyway.

    I have another problem though. I was set on the MSI 5900U, but now I see the ATI 9800 XT out, now I am considering that. Didn't nVIDIA have something new coming out on the 10th? I would be thankful for any thoughts on this.
  3. acidosmosis

    acidosmosis TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,350

    At this time there is no reason to run with an 64 bit Athlon processor, at least for home use. When the 64 bit version of Windows is available is when I would get ready to purchase a 64 bit processor. Until then it is pretty much a waste of money, especially in terms of gaming performance. Also, the processor's are new and it's not normally good to buy as soon as something is released (as far as hardware is concerned). I usually go by the same rule for Window's when it is released. I give it at about a month before I use a new version of Windows just to see how well it does with the public and what everyone has to say about it.

    It depends a lot on money too. Right now 64 bit processor are going to be pretty pricey considering they are new, and especially since 64 bit processor's (for the general public) are a pretty new concept. When it comes to gaming we are finally being able to purchase 64 bit processor's and put them into use, but until the 64 bit version of Windows is available there just is no point really.

    So, I suggest waiting until that happens. Until then you might want to look into some high-end AMD or Intel processor. Maybe do some overclocking, buy the right combination of hardware and you will do just fine.
  4. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    64Bit needs to be supported by the CPU, the OS and the applications that you are running, in order to work properly.

    Unless you are in the positition to be able to offer this (i.e. you are running 64-bit linux, or something) then I would recommend against AMD64 at this time.

    If its for bragging power, you certainly will win any "whos-got-the-biggest-computer" contests or a while - but does that really justify the expense?
  5. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,549

    AMD64 is extremely fast in 32bit mode, so having 64bit capability is a bonus and is cost comparable to 32bit only P4.
  6. UTKlein

    UTKlein TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Last night I bought all of my equipment. If anyone cares this is what I bought:
    GigaByte K8NNXP MOBO
    AMD 64 processor
    Maxtor 160GB HD
    Kingston 1GB DDR RAM
    ATi 9800 XT
    Enermax CS-10182-SA Case
    ThermalTake PS

    I thank all who gave thier opinions; you helped out greatly.

  7. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,549

    You made a good choice. Hope you are happy with your purchase :=).
  8. dani_17

    dani_17 TS Rookie Posts: 146

    9800xt.... i didn't know you could already buy it. How much did you pay for that?
  9. UTKlein

    UTKlein TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I won it on auction. should be here pretty soon. Can't wait.
  10. dani_17

    dani_17 TS Rookie Posts: 146

    and.... sorry to be so curious... how much did you pay for it? :)
  11. vassil3427

    vassil3427 TS Rookie Posts: 640

    That is going to be one heck of a rig! Are you going to get an Audigy 2 soundcard or anything? Or are you using integrated audio?
  12. UTKlein

    UTKlein TS Rookie Topic Starter

    dani_17, $380.

    vassil6427, I will use the integrated sound card for now, but I will get one down the road.
  13. vassil3427

    vassil3427 TS Rookie Posts: 640

    Lol, after spending all that $$ on the rest of the system I can understand that your computer $$ may be nearly dried up...
  14. dani_17

    dani_17 TS Rookie Posts: 146

    380 bucks??

    Hmmm..... is that US dolars? I mean, if it was an auction, the price should have to be considerably higher than the market price...

    By the way, the 256 mb Radeon 9800XT will retail at about US$ 500. Thats why I can't understand the 380 you payed...
  15. raz0r

    raz0r TS Rookie

    the ati 9800 is in sale here € 259 like $ 260 i want to buyed it but the store havent it anymore :( he hope next week bah :(
    we will wait :p
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