P4 3.06 or AMD new 64 bit CPU

  STEVE1052 21:06 27 Sep 2003

Hi There,
Which one will i be better off with?
I mainly want to play all the latest games

  WaiKent 21:14 27 Sep 2003

you talking about the new AMD Opteron 64 bit processor. looks cool and i would recommend that one.

  STEVE1052 21:19 27 Sep 2003

Hi WaiKent,
Yeah thats the one.
The P4 runs alot quicker though than the AMD which runs at about 2.2gig i think,will this make any difference against a 3 gig P4

  WaiKent 21:23 27 Sep 2003

But its 64bit, thats pretty fast. anyway it is up to u and i do recommend AMD as i think theyre pretty good and will carry on buying AMD processors everytime i decide to change. :)

  STEVE1052 21:28 27 Sep 2003

Thanks for the advice,well i currently am running a 2000xp and i think it`s a really good cpu.
I upgraded from a duron 1300 and have certainly seen a difference

  WaiKent 21:32 27 Sep 2003

well actually i would stick with your current cpu. 2000xp isnt bad, and it can play the latest games, so.. there ya go.

  powerless 21:48 27 Sep 2003
  MjM Hellfire 23:03 27 Sep 2003

Get some really good PC3200 ram if your board can handle it and the AMD 64 bit CPU. Don't ruin it though by having a lesser graphics card.

I have -

1024 DDR PC2700
Creative G-Force ti4600
Asus Motherboard

I play loads of top end games and my pc has no problems. Great graphics and fast.

  Gaz 25 04:12 28 Sep 2003

If your into games, a system with the following spec:

2600+ Athlon XP

1Gb RDDR (3100) RAM

80Gb HDD 7200RPM

GeForce FX5600 256Mb model.

Decent Motherboard, sound and cooling.

Which is going to cost around: £706.61 for:

2600+ Athlon XP Processor

1Gb RDDR (PC3100)

80GB HDD 7200RPM 8MB Buffer

256Mb FX5600 Turbo AGP 8x Graphics

MSI Board

Dual cooling

XP Home


5.1 Creative speakers

click here

  Gaz 25 04:21 28 Sep 2003

And by the way:

Regarding your question...

64bit processors are not needed as such by even gamers, but by the people who MAKE them.

I have trial tested lots of new Intel and AMD processors, while they are very fast, they are overkill.

But it is up to you.

I can run on a 2600+, 1Gb 400RDDR, 80Gb, 256Mb DDR GeForce FX 5600 Graphics, dual cooling all the latest games, with no problems.

It can open Microsoft word in a blink of an eye, a webiste is on in a flash. I have also run games at very fast refesh rates and good resolutions and it is impressive what comparatively low-spec processors can do, when combined with the correct gear for you needs.

I have run:

AMD Athlon 2000+, 512Mb DDR 333, 60Gb 7200RPM HDD, GeForce FX5200 128Mb, Win XP pro...

And has had NO problems with games, even some games that would seize a 500MHz to a standstil.

A computer should be custom built to the users needs, and I seriously dont think many people will make use of a 64-bit processor.

As said above, stick with your current system or get a uprated one, or if you are sure you want a 64-bit, go for it.

Its up to you at the end of the day, I have discussed many points of view now, so its your final decision that is important.

  goonerbill 09:57 28 Sep 2003

after everyones good points for upgrading to athlon64 or not, be careful as there are three new AMD chips. the OPTERON, athlon64 and athlon64 FX (which is ment to be optimized for games)check out AMD's web site.

the OPTERON and athlon64 FX use the same sort of motherboard socket 970 but the athlon64 use's a motherboard that is socket 754 and the chips quite expensive, £330+ for the 64 and £640+ for 64FX.

heres a link to DABS click here as they are the only one's i have found with prices for the new chips.

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