About Athlon64...

Skdo

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Hi, this is my first post. I'm writing because I'm going to build a new computer and i don't know what cpu is better for me. I've always been "a lover" of the Intel processors, but i'm now going to buy an Athlon64...is it a good idea?! Is a 64bit processor full compatible with 32bit applications? And also 32bit applications perform better running on a 64bit os?
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TheRod

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I've always been "a lover" of the Intel processors, but i'm now going to buy an Athlon64...
It's a good choice! AMD makes very good CPU that are well priced.

but i'm now going to buy an Athlon64...is it a good idea?
Yes, it's a good idea, the Athlon 64 3000+ offer a very good price/performance ratio.

Is a 64bit processor full compatible with 32bit applications? And also 32bit applications perform better running on a 64bit os?
Yes, they are fully compatible. Actually it's a 64 bit extension of the actual x86 32 bit instructions set. Theorically, 32 bit apps, should run at full speed on 64 bit OS for AMD64, because the 32 bit instruction set is nativaly supported by the CPU, there is NO emulation.

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Right now if you are a gamer AMD is the way to go if you do a lot of video and audio encoding. Right now it seems that Intel and AMD going diffrent ways in regareds to what programs do great. Right now I would have to say Intel and AMD are very close to each other. So it comes down to what you do most with your processor. Look up the reviews and the benchmarks and see for your self. Just payattention to the benchmarks that are in the areas that you use alot. Just glance over the others but mostly Intel and AMD are good in everything and exel a few diffrent areas.

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Yes, it's a good idea. But you won't be able to make a budget PC, but you will get a lot of bang for the buck! :smile:

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DonnieDarko

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I don't know about this whole 64 bit stuff. First off, yeah i agree that the 64bit will run your 32 bit software better, but once you finally start getting 64bit native programs (at least 10months to a year away) your processor wiln't be close to top of the line. just some food for thought, it has it's avantages and it's disavantages.
 

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Either Intel or AMD, just make sure not to rush your motherboard purchase. Research and ask questions before buying one as that will have the biggest impact on how happy you will be with your new build. The wrong motherboard can spell disaster and pure headaches.


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