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sirplayalot
06-30-04, 10:51 AM
Im putting together a new rig and i got a PNY Geforce 6800 Ultra and was wondering what CPU i should use to bring out the beast in this card...

Intel Pentium 4/ 3.0E GHz 800MHz FSB, 1MB L2 Cache, Hyper Threading Technology

or

AMD Athlon 64 3200+, 1MB L2 Cache, The Only 64-bit Windows Compatible Processor

revbatboy
06-30-04, 11:55 AM
Cant go wrong with the AMD 64

anzak
06-30-04, 12:00 PM
I would take the Athlon 64 over a P4 any day. Yes, that includes the P4ee.

kahloq
06-30-04, 12:31 PM
It should be noted that p4 EE's have 2MB of lvl 3 cache. Athlons do not! That 2mb lvl 3 cache will add about another 5% or more to CPU performance. You could also include a 3.4 EE or the 3.6 EE for comparisons.

jAkUp
06-30-04, 12:36 PM
The 64... Yes the EE has 2mb of LV 3 cache, but its not significant... the 3200 is a better overall processor, actually see if you can pick up a 3400.

Arioch
06-30-04, 12:38 PM
It should be noted that p4 EE's have 2MB of lvl 3 cache. Athlons do not! That 2mb lvl 3 cache will add about another 5% or more to CPU performance. You could also include a 3.4 EE or the 3.6 EE for comparisons.

Perhaps it does but the FX series A64's still beat the P4EE's in most of the gaming benchmarks. If you are looking to do some serious gaming I would go the AMD64 route. The new S939 motherboards offer you the option of using regular A64 processors or the more expensive FX series with the added L2 cache for a total of 1MB. Also the FX processors are a few hundred dollars cheaper than the P4EE processors.

coldfusion71
06-30-04, 12:38 PM
the 2 cpus he has listed are int he 200 dollar range, the ones you suggested are in the 1000 dollar range the choice is not that hard. also the fx 51 is faster than the the pentium 4 ees in gaming.

kahloq
06-30-04, 12:43 PM
Well as you can see from JakUp's system specs, hes got a p4 3.0c overclocked to 3.8. Now if you got a 3.2 or 3.4 or 3.6 that are EE, you'd probably be able to overclock and easily break the 4.0 mark or better. Its entirely up to you tho. Yeah AMD has 64 bit right now and intel doesnt have consumer based cpu's that do(yet). I do not know how well AMD's overclock so Im not gonna sit here and say they are good or bad. Get whichever you feel most comfortable with.

revbatboy
06-30-04, 12:43 PM
Amd gives you thr best bang for your buck.Plus you will be ready for future 64bit apps

saturnotaku
06-30-04, 02:12 PM
If you go the P4 route, I would choose a C (Northwood) over the E (Prescott). The latter CPU runs much hotter than the Northwood. The extra cache doesn't offer much in the way of performance increases over the Northwood. Plus you'd save yourself a few additional dollars.

kahloq
06-30-04, 02:26 PM
By E we meant Extreme edition :) yes Northwood over Prescott:)

zer0xp
06-30-04, 02:30 PM
If you're not looking to spend a lot of money, and you are into OCing, try ot get a Pentium 4 2.4C, or 2.8C if you still can.. My 2.4C overclocks right up to 3.6ghz, but i cant go any further because my ram doesnt like me :(
Anyway, most 2.4 Cs can hit the ~3.0ghz range, and i'm not sure about the 2.8s, but this is definately what i call the most bang for the buck :P
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Oh ya, but if you aren't into overclocking, i'd go with the athlon64, even though i suggest waiting for the new socket 939 athlon 64s to come out.. If you cant, go with the 3200+

jAkUp
06-30-04, 02:34 PM
Actually.. he listed 3.2E, That is actually not an extreme edition, it is a prescott, I was thinking it was an extreme edition :) Yes definetely go AMD64 now :)

kahloq
06-30-04, 02:38 PM
Jackup :) he listed a 3.0E not a 3.2E but your point is still good. Still, like was said, maybe a 2.4c, 2.6c or 2.8c and overclock it would be the better bang for buck. Also there are 3.2c EE's and 3.4c EE's(northwoods). That is what I was refering to, not prescotts :)