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    Which cpu to buy?

    Some advice needed from any pc experts out there.

    I'm after a new PC and cannot decide which cpu to go for .After specing up to my max budget i need to decide between:

    1. Intel Viiv Pentium D 945 Dual Core Processor (3.40GHz, 800MHz fsb, 2x2MB cache)
    2. Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 Processor (2.13GHz, 1066MHz, 2MB)

    The pentium D runs faster, has more cache but the core 2 duo is newer......
    I've tried looking around for any comparissons or useful info but cannot find anything
    on the web in plane english.

    Any help would be appreciated...
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    The Core Duo chips are phenomenal......the D chips runs very hot.
    I would go for the 2.4 Duo as you can clock this to 2.8 speeds due to the lower micron process.

    They are also very well priced compared to AMD's offerings.

    As far as im aware, the Duo chips up to 2.13 run a 2 meg cache, while the 2.4 upwards run FOUR meg cache

    Just make sure you get a board that supports Core Duo.

    If you need anymore advice just let me know

    Remember, MHZ isn't everything now

    Personally Im waiting for QUAD CORE which should be here by the end of the year

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    Core 2 Duo as stated. get the E6600 too, as this has the 4mb cache, and is not much more expensive.

    The E6600 can also be currently clocked to 3ghz too, which is the same as the extreme edition version - which is the same chip, but with the multipliers unlocked.

    If you fancy an all singing and dancing motherboard, have a look at the Asus p5w dh deluxe as a mobo - it only supports crossfire at 2 x 8x atm, but i've not seen a dual 16x crossfire board out yet.


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    I'm ordering through Dell & have chosen the dimension 9200. Iwould like 4mb cache but i'm already streaching my budget. I think i'll probably go for the 2.1 duo for now, is this a wise choice considering the alternatives in my budjet?
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    with PCs you have to buy the best, unless it just gets outdated too quickly !

    the 2.13 chip i can get for £165, the 2.4 (with 4 meg cache) I can get for £230

    Thats 70 odd quid, if your ordering through dell, as an upgrade it cant be more than 40-50 ?

    Definately worth getting the 2.4 imo

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    Being a gamer, I've been an AMD man for years so not really clued up with Intel stuff. But...
    Quote Originally Posted by Olly_K
    with PCs you have to buy the best, unless it just gets outdated too quickly !


    I would have thought there was a Dual 16x Crossfire board out for Intel by now. I bought my DFI LanParty UT CFX3200-DR back in May.
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    Look for a 3.2GHz AMD2 imo..

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    Get the Core2 Duo, runs at amazing speeds! I've got it in my Mac! Superb!
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    Quote Originally Posted by necroeire
    Look for a 3.2GHz AMD2 imo..
    the core2duo is wiping the floor with the AM2 offerings at the minute. You know as well as i do thought that that could change at any minute...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Olly_K
    with PCs you have to buy the best, unless it just gets outdated too quickly !

    the 2.13 chip i can get for 165, the 2.4 (with 4 meg cache) I can get for 230

    Thats 70 odd quid, if your ordering through dell, as an upgrade it cant be more than 40-50 ?

    Definately worth getting the 2.4 imo
    Finally bit the bullet & ordered today from Dell. Took your advice & upgraded to a 2.4 Duo, together with 1gig mem, 256mb geoforce video card, 2x250gig mirrored drives, 20" widescreen lcd + a few other small extras. Came to a total 1150 after some haggling with a salesman. Only thing is the delivery time - up to 3 weeks....
    mikeS4

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    nice one. sounds like a nice spec. You're gonna be loving that widescreen LCD.

    just need to upgrade to 2gig ram when vista comes out


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    Quote Originally Posted by mc119856
    Finally bit the bullet & ordered today from Dell. Took your advice & upgraded to a 2.4 Duo, together with 1gig mem, 256mb geoforce video card, 2x250gig mirrored drives, 20" widescreen lcd + a few other small extras. Came to a total 1150 after some haggling with a salesman. Only thing is the delivery time - up to 3 weeks....
    yeah, custom builds are usually that long
    You made a good choice, you wont regret it !

 

 

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