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Confusing about PC purchase

By imsofa2003
Apr 10, 2007
  1. Hi,
    I'm considering to buy a desktop PC but still confused with which CPU to choose. The one with AMD Athlon 64 +3700 2.2GHz is 380$, while the one with Intel PD DualCore 2.66 GHz costs 440$. I want my computer to be fast to run many software programs. Are the two much different in speed? I am pretty tight on budget so... I would really appreciate anyone's help. Thank you.
  2. Blakhart

    Blakhart TS Rookie Posts: 330

    If you can afford the Intel I would go that way. Intel c2d benchmarks are a good deal faster than that AMD at the moment. If you don't stress a system too much in your daily use, and the AMD system has more features than the Intel sys such as mem, drivespace, etc, then go that way. If performance matters, get the Intel.
  3. Grafficks

    Grafficks TS Rookie Posts: 287

    The Pentium D 805 2.66GHz you see is indeed better than the Athlon64 3700+ San Diego.

    However, you should not get the Pentium D right now. Get the Core 2 Duo instead for a slightly higher price. They are at the top of the charts right now.

    Since you're buying the computer, try to pick one that features a Core 2 Duo.
    The cheapest Core 2 Duo machine you can buy is usually one with an E6300/E4300, which are still excellent processors.

    In order to multi-task efficiently, dual-core is an asset. You should not get any single core processor for a new PC, because there some dual core machines that are very affordable. The Athlon64 3700+ is single-core CPU that's seeing the end of its days. The PentiumD 805 you mentioned is the cheapest dual core CPU on the market, but I do advise pushing your budget for a Core 2 Duo instead.
  4. imsofa2003

    imsofa2003 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thank you guys all for your advices. I would try to push my budget for a Core 2 Duo. Hope you guys have a nice day.
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