Amd or Intel???

  bakerboy79 02:51 27 May 2006

Hiya peeps,
Ok im in abit of a mess at the min, ive just given my gf my desktop so she can do her uni work on an im stuck with my laptop(aint to gd for playing games on.) I want to build my 1st comp but aint to sure what specs to go with. Ive got Around £2600 ($4,834) to spend. i only need the tower itself but id like 2 start building with in the next 2-3months, any ideas????

  Forum Editor 07:58 27 May 2006

you'll be able to build a very good computer indeed, but to be honest if you have that sort of money available you may well find that the shortest route to a superb new machine is simply to buy one ready-made.

For instance, click here and play with the specs - you'll have no trouble configuring a beast of a gaming machine within your budget.

  vinnyT 10:33 27 May 2006

The newest amd (out at the mo) is the am, which uses a 940 socket (can't be used with an original 940 opteron, so don't try). This updates the range to use ddr2 memory. But the reviews do not show any great speed increases.

In the next few months intel will be releasing the comroe chips, mag reviewers seem to be excited about this chip, saying it may displace amd as the gamers choice.

If you can wait for this cpu to come out, it may be worthwhile.

Hope this helps.

  bremner 11:13 27 May 2006

Alienware is another option click here

  Mr Mistoffelees 16:05 27 May 2006

With AMD the change to DDR2 ram does not in itself deliver much extra performance, but AMD are already releasing versions with higher clock speeds than the fastest S939 CPUs and these are producing bigger performance gains. click here

  bakerboy79 16:14 27 May 2006

ive just made 1 up from "overclockers" :-
Asus DRW-1608P2 16x16 DVD±RW Dual Layer ReWriter x2,
FSP Sparkle FX700-GLN Epsilon 700W ATX2.0 PSU ,
Western Digital Caviar SE16 250GB 2500KS SATA-II 16MB Cache,
XFX GeForce 7900 GTX Extreme Edition 512MB GDDR3 TV-Out/Dual DVI x2(sli),
Western Digital Raptor 74GB WD740GD 10,000RPM SATA 8MB Cache,
AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core FX62 2.80GHz,
Asus M2N32-SLi-DLX nForce 590 SLi (Socket AM2) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard,
Corsair 2GB DDR2 XMS2-8500C5 TwinX (2x1GB)
Total £2,445.41

what do you think? or would do you think i should wait?

  Mr Mistoffelees 19:09 27 May 2006

Save £20 with 600W version of the same PSU

Save £240 by going for the Athlon64 X2 5000+

If you go for the X2 5000+ then you can save even more money by buying DDR667 ram as that is the fastest it supports. Also if go for the FX62 note that the fastest it supports is DDR800. If you bought the faster DDR1066 ram it would have to run at the slower speed in each case.

Spend some of the money you save you could spend on one or more extra WD Raptors and set them up in a RAID0 configuration for faster data access. I have two WD Raptor 36GB drives and HD Tach shows a mean read speed of 80MBs per second with a 128KB stripe, as recommended by Western Digital support when I requested info. You may also make room in your budget for more ram, 4GB?, which would be beneficial if you upgrade to Windows Vista next year.

Well that's what I would do anyway.

  Mr Mistoffelees 19:11 27 May 2006

"Spend some of the money you save you could spend on one or more extra WD Raptors and set them up in a RAID0 configuration for faster data access."

Please ignore the superfluous words in that sentence!!

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